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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in education in all its forms as the key to individual growth.  Education enables social advancement, understanding, and cooperation to build a just society.

MLKMC aims to Keep The Dream Alive

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Empowered Students

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Adrian Armendariz Adriana Gutierrez Medina Aedon Hann Amber Vialpando Anna Bishop Annette Cortes Caitlan Tafoya Ciana Faulkner Clarissa Garcia

Cinthia Leon Ebony Baty German Sanchez Hyunju Blemel Imelda Nevarez Joesaph Pedersen Jonathon Hood Kyleen Arndt Pablo Nic Lasso Armijo

Renata Thornton Riley Cook Roshii Montano Samuel Nayarez Sara Bibbey Sebastian Rimbert Selma Gutierrez Stella Uhiriwe Taelyn Reid Teah Amirkabirian Viridiana Rodriguez

Featured Recipients

‘Keep The Dream Alive’ Award

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council honors community members who have made significant contributions to the world and represent the legacy of Dr. King.

  • Figure out who you want to be, who you aspire to be, then be true to yourself. [Dr. King] set a particularly high standard for setting a goal and pursuing it over a lifetime.

    US Senator Jeff Bingaman, 2017 Recipient
  • [His message] really resonated with me: many people did not have the same rights and how unfair that was. Dr. King made it clear to me as a child, and a woman, and a pastor in my later years.

    Reverend Judith Maynard, 2015 Recipient

The Council – A Strong History

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in education in all its forms as the key to individual growth. Education enables social advancement, understanding, and cooperation to build a just society.

MLKMC aims to Keep the Dream Alive

Our Sponsors

Wells Fargo

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Office  of Equity-and Inclusion

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Modrall Sperling-

Modrall Sperling-

EES Ethicon

EES Ethicon

Diane G. Gibson

Diane G. Gibson

Congregation Albert

Congregation Albert

Bank of America

Bank of America

2nd Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque

2nd Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque

Diane G. Gibson, Albuquerque City Councilor
In Memory of Christopher M. Torres
In Memory of Milton S. Hall – by Stephen and Renetta Torres
Wayne A. Johnson, Commissioner Bernalillo County
In Memory of Tony Pakinkis
Mitchell, Olsen and Richardson Memorial Scholarships
Silvio G. Dell’Angela

Community Partners

As Dr. King believed, we build community through shared support, inclusion, and dialogue.

Our Community Partners:

Albuquerque City Council, Albuquerque Public Schools, Bernalillo County,
Central New Mexico Community College, Congregation Albert, University of New Mexico-Division for Equity and Inclusion, Smith’s Food and Drug Stores, Contractor A.I.A., DNCA Architects, The Albuquerque Journal


J. Jeffery and Karen Pasquier

Ted Lambert

Devendra Narayan

J. Harold Washington

Junior Hunte

Jim Thompson


Joycelyn Pegues Jackson President

Joycelyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Music and Elementary Education. (ENMU) Master of Arts degree in ElementaryEducation with an emphasis in Multicultural Education, and an Educational Specialist degree in Administrative and Educational Leadership. (UNM) She is the APS Multicultural Education Coordinator in the Office of Equity & Engagement and serves as the Director of the APS Black Student Unions. She is the recipient of the Southern Minority Leadership Council’s Outstanding Educators Award. Her life’s work has been to help educators better understand the communities and support systems needed by students.

Alfred Dennis Mathewson Advisor

Alfred grew up in North Carolina. Alfred’s life was inspired by his parent’s determination, by a first grade teacher who recognized his potential and promoted him from remedial classes to accelerated classes, and by a Howard University professor, who taught Alfred to speak up for his convictions. Alfred is active in civic and professional organizations including Albuquerque’s Council for International Visitors. He graduated from Yale Law School. He was hired to teach at UNM’s School of Law, where he continues to teach now.

Rabbi Arthur Flicker Advisor

Rabbi Flicker received his rabbinic ordination in 1990 and has served congregations in Tyler, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Columbus, Ohio. He recently retired from the Congregation B’nai Israel. He has served on the Board of the Samaritan Counseling Center and the Public Safety Partnership and currently serves on the Ethics Committee of Presbyterian Hospital, the Board of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, the Board of Israel Bonds, and as a Chaplain for APD. He has earned numerous awards, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award from the Baptist Ministers’ Council in Cincinnati.

J. Harold Washington Advisor

Harold is a retired CNM administrator who served as Director of CNM’s tutoring services, Director of Continuing Education, interim Executive Director of the Work Force Training Center. He has been the president of the New Mexico Adult and Continuing Education Association as well as president of the UNM Hospital Service League. He graduated from UNM with a BA in Fine Arts and his graduate work was in Educational Technology. Mr. Washington has been active in the Albuquerque Community serving on a variety of boards and volunteer programs.

Ann M. Yeck Advisor

Ann taught integrated class from third through twelfth grade. She visited and hosted cross-community gatherings during the 1968 Riots in Cleveland. As an Albuquerque Teachers Federation representative and treasurer, she promoted equal rights and responsibilities for all in the cause of justice. She served as secretary for both the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council.

Annie Hill Emeritus

Annie is a retired APS payroll specialist. She was a member of MLKMC for twenty-three years.

Elizabeth Ann Galligan, Ph.D Member-at-Large

Elizabeth is a retired educator with a life-long dedication to multicultural understanding. She holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in Multicultural Teacher Education from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California. She has organized many commemorations of Dr. King’s legacy. She has developed courses in the multicultural heritage of the Southwest at Eastern New Mexico and worked as liaison between the university and Bosque Redondo State Monument.

Katherine Augustine Council Member

Katherine was born and raised on Laguna Pueblo, has traveled many places around the world as a Nurse Educator and People to People Citizen Ambassador. Retiring from nursing after 43 years, she became a writer, co-author of children’s book and wrote for the Albuquerque Tribune for 11 years. An advocate for diversity groups and health, she serves on the Human Rights and Senior Arts Boards as well as the Indian Diabetes Education Program. Numerous honors include the Human Rights Award, Nursing Legend, Senior Hall of Fame and Native Woman of the Year.

Jennifer Huynh Council Member

Jennifer Possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education With endorsements in Communication Arts, TESOL and Vietnamese. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently the only Vietnamese certified teacher in New Mexico. She is the Activities Director for Manzano High School where she is an advisor for Student Government. She manages and coordinator student extra-curricular activities and high stake events for the Manzano community. Her primary goal is to ensure that every student has equal access to quality and rigorous education.

Vince Baty Council Member

Vince Baty was born in Albuquerque. He is a graduate of Albuquerque High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He retired from the State of New Mexico as a Training Supervisor for the Children, Youth and FamiliesDepartment. He is currently a Special Education Teacher at Ernie Pyle Middle School. He is a husband and the father of two children.

Phillip Bustos Council Member

Phillip Bustos is currently the Vice President for Student Services at Central New Mexico Community College. He has been theDirector of Student Services at the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver Colorado as well as the Associate Dean of Students at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with an Ed.M. in Counseling and Consulting Psychology. He has a BA in Speech Communication and Psychology from Eastern New Mexico University. He serves on the national advisory board for the Si Se Puede Learning Centers.

Ernest W. Sturdevant Technology Outreach Committee, Chair

Ernie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, majoring in voice with minors in theatre and conducting. A member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, his credits include legitimate and music theatre and commercials and film, with professional music credits as music director, vocal instructor, pianist, organist, soloist in opera, oratorio and on the concert stage, as well as arranger and composer. Ernie has taught elementary through college in the classroom, music theatre audition and vocal techniques workshops and currently maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician-actor and vocal teacher.

Jewel L. Hall Executive Director of Communications and Past President

Jewel L. Hall is a retired Albuquerque Public Schools educator whose career spanned four decades in at least three states. In addition to her years as a mathematics and science educator, she found time to organize and lead many community organizations. Ms. Hall applied her numerous skills as a negotiator, motivator, and strategist to take key leadership roles in community affairs. She is a founding member and Past President of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council.

Rabbi Paul Citrin Strategic Planning Coordinator

Rabbi Citrin was ordained by the Hebrew Union College. Graduated from U.C.L.A with a Bachelor of Arts degree. His passions are education, Israel and social justice. He is the author of a children’s novel ,Joseph’s Wardrobe, a co-author of Gates of Repentance for Young People, Ten Sheaves, A collection of Sermons, Addresses and Articles, and of Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions. He is currently serving as the Rabbi of the Taos Jewish Center.

Rhiannon Montoya Executive Secretary

Rhiannon was born and raised in Albuquerque. She graduated from Valley High School. Attended UNM and studied Architecture. She worked with Bernalillo County as a student intern. She has served two years as an administrative assistant with the Bernalillo County Human Resources Department. She is very excited to be a member of the council to make a difference and help others.

Renetta M. Torres Vice President

Renetta has been with Bernalillo County Government for over thirty years. She currently holds the position of Human Resources Director and recently served as the Deputy Manager of Administrative Services for Bernalillo County. She is active in her community and involved in many organizations, including serving on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center. She is a founding member of the Hispanic Women’s Council.

Cathy Intemann Vice President

Cathy is a retired educator who taught in public schools in several states. She works part-time for UNM supervising the next generation of secondary teachers. She tutors adult ESL and volunteers for a variety of other activities. Cathy is proud of her participation in Opportunity Education Foundation where she has briefly worked in schools in Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania. She is honored to serve on this Council.

Jason Richardson Advisor

Jason is born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. He graduated from Menaul High School, and then continued on to attend UNM, focusing on Marketing and Spanish. He also ran track and field for UNM specializing in the 400 hurdles. After UNM he went to School in Mexico City at UNAM which jump started his traveling where he’s lived all over in the US.. He now works for Bank of America as a Preferred Specialist, is a proud father to Devon J Richardson who is 3yrs old. Jason is active in the community and is always willing to help, support, and give back any way he can. He is honored and happy to being an advisor to MLKMC.

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