Minority Men’s Network honors local educators

Sunday, September 28, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:15 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

Five black educators will be honored today by the Minority Men’s Network for outstanding efforts in education.

The educators include the late Muriel Battle, former associate superintendent of Columbia Public Schools; Wanda Brown, principal of Hickman High School; Beulah Ralph, director of Home School Communicators, Columbia Public Schools; Keener Tippin, retired MU administrator; and Rosie Tippin, principal of West Boulevard Elementary School.

Phyllis Chase, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, and UM system President Elson Floyd will also attend.

The network also awarded its first Ron Marley Memorial Scholarship earlier this year. The network plans to offer at least one scholarship each year to a college-bound Boone County high school senior.

Founded by Eliot Battle and Arvarh Strickland, the Minority Men’s Network is an organization through which minority men reach out to the community.

Battle said the five individuals honored have been involved with the various school systems for a duration of time and stood out as leaders in the education community.

“Their performance has shone like a beacon,” Battle said.

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