Urban League Difference Maker Awards come with lecture
The Kansas City Star
Notable residents today received Urban League of Greater Kansas City awards, but they and the audience at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center also got a lecture from the teenage, keynote speaker.
The recipients of the 2012 Difference Maker Awards were Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker; Maurice Watson, chairman of Husch Blackwell; and Donald and Adele Hall, founders of the Hall Family Foundation. Each has done great things to benefit this community.
But everyone was asked to do more. In his keynote address, Nahshon Thomas, a senior at Sumner Academy, encouraged the Difference Makers and the hundreds of others in the audience at the luncheon to do everything possible to empower young people.
Adults, he said, play a vital role in the success of Kansas City area youths. They need adults’ guidance.
Adults have to provide the support kids need to take risks, endure failure and strive to succeed. Like adults, young people want a chance to be heard and grow to reach their potential. Encouragement is vital.
Thomas praised the Urban League for helping him and other young people who hope to be difference makers, too.