DeKalb educator Lonnie Edwards saluted as champion carrying on MLK legacy

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Dr. Lonnie Edwards is pictured with his wife, Cynthia Edwards, at the Georgia State Capitol.


Long-time DeKalb County educator Lonnie J. Edwards, Sr. was honored by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council with the first-ever Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Education Award.

Edwards was among four honored as community champions at Georgia’s state ceremony celebration for the King Holiday. The awards were presented on Jan. 17 at the State Capitol. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms received the Rita Jackson Samuels Founders Award;  Juanita Abernathy received the Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Civil Rights Award; and the Honorable Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, received the Ambassador Andrew J. Young Humanitarian Award.

Edwards has served in the field of education for more than 40 years—from a teacher to a superintendent of schools; as a staff member for the Georgia Department of Education; and as an Educational Consultant with projects, which include focusing on diversity and inclusion. Edwards navigated the opening of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Lithonia in 2001. It is the only high school named for Dr. King in Georgia.

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