Students from The Masters Program to be honored by NAACP

Santa Fe Branch NAACP



Phone: (505) 652-2403

Mail: P.O. Box 15692   Santa Fe   New Mexico   87592-5692


What:  MLK, Jr., Birthday Commemoration

Why: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award      

Who: 11th and 12th grade Santa Fe Public and Charter School Students

When: 12 Noon, Monday, January 20, 2020

Where: New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda

The public is invited

The theme for the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commemoration is “The Purpose of Education”. Dr. King  stated, “…education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.”  In commemorating the birthday of Dr. King, the Santa Fe NAACP believes youth who are engaged in service are carrying out this two-fold function articulated by Dr. King and therefore, the Santa Fe Branch seeks to acknowledge students for their contributions to uplift our community with their service while successfully pursuing their education.

Dr. Ryan Stewart, Secretary Designee, New Mexico Public Education Department will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 Commemoration event. Dr. Stewart was appointed Secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. He is the first African American to serve as the state’s Chief State School Officer.  As Secretary, Dr. Stewart leads the state’s Public Education Department where he oversees the state’s education policy and program development, funding distribution, and operational management.


In 2020, four Santa Fe students will receive a monetary award, a certificate, a commemorative gift, and one-year membership in the Santa Fe Branch NAACP in recognition of their service to improve our community and the lives of Santa Feans. These students are: Maya Aronson-The MASTERS Program; Katia Chavez-Santa Fe High School; Destiny Krupnick-The MASTERS Program; and Indira Tho-Bias Wilder-The MASTERS Program.


The Santa Fe Branch of NAACP and the New Mexico Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission are acknowledging these students for their community service, academic accomplishments and leadership.  Student nominees for this recognition must:

  • Be enrolled in a Santa Fe public or charter school, or the Santa Fe Indian School
  • Be in grades 11 or 12
  • Hold at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Currently be active in providing community or volunteer service


Contact:  Cedric D. Page, Ph.D., Chair

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee

Santa Fe NAACP


Phone: (505) 470-8587