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2014 MLK Awards Luncheon

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Published on Feb 4, 2014

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville welcomed speaker ROTC Major Ken Wilson to "Breaking Barriers: Building Blocks of the Dream," the University's 31st celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Wilson delivered warm remarks Tuesday about his late mentor, a Tuskegee Airman, who helped guide him through his military career.

Also as part of the event held in the Morris University Center, special awards were given honoring two local high school students and an SIUE student.

Originally, airmen from the Hugh J. White Chapter in St. Louis were supposed to speak during the ceremony. Inclement weather kept the heroes from campus.

Wilson, an associate professor of military science at SIUE, recounted the great influence his mentor, Lt. Col. Bill Thompson of Chicago, had on his career and his life.

"I remember he said to me, 'I'm going to be your mentor and I'm going to make sure you succeed,'" Wilson told the crowd of more than 240 people who attended the luncheon. He added, Thompson had said, "We set the path; you need to follow it."

"He motivated me," Wilson said of Thompson. "He told me not to let anyone stand in my way."

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