Thursday, February 20 was an evening of celebration and accolades. Over 400 guests filled the Chenal Country Club in Little Rock to applaud the 2020 class of Living Legends. For the thirteenth year, the Philander Smith College Office of Religious Life and Campus Culture identified local leaders, alumni, faculty, staff and students who have made a lasting impact in the community.
This year’s Living Legends honorees included: PSC alumna, former school district superintendent and pioneer in education Dr. Linda Watson; recently retired higher education leader and former PSC Vice-President of Academic Affairs Dr. Zollie Stevenson, Jr.; PSC alumna, national educational leader and Board of Trustee member Dr. Etta Carter; Little Rock pastor and religious leader Rev. Dr. William Robinson, Jr.; community supporter and ministry leader Mrs. Janice Goldman; longtime PSC Director of Recruitment Mr. Paul Person, and current PSC scholar and student leader Mr. Benjamin Jackson.
“These individuals have served God by serving their community,’ says Rev. Ronnie Miller-Row, PSC Chaplain and Dean of Religious Life and Campus Culture. “Each year we are honored to take this opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals for their legacy of leadership and service. It is their commitment and sacrifice that continues to uplift our communities, and they are more than deserving of the recognition.”
The Living Legends Banquet was the apex of the 2020 Religious Emphasis Week. The annual observance serves to engage our campus and the surrounding community in programming geared toward intellectual and spiritual growth. Themed “The Right to Write,” the week kicked off Sunday, February 16 with a guest sermon by Dr. Christopher Davis of St. Paul Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn. Other special guests throughout the observance included Dr. John Adolf of Beaumont, Texas, International Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook and Rev. J.J. Whitney, Chaplain of Hendrix College in Conway. The Philander Smith Collegiate Choir helped to close Religious Emphasis Week with a choral concert—“An Evening of Sacred Music”—on Friday, February 21.
The Office of Religious and Campus Culture is appreciative of all those who participated to help make this annual emphasis on Christian heritage and uplift a terrific success.