The Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award
was established in 1986 to honor the memory of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This award is presented to a student whose community activities and involvement embody the spirit of Dr. King’s service to humanity. She will receive the award at the Martin Luther King Jr, Celebration on January 18th.
My name is Thyrah Buissereth, and I am a Senior Honors undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. I am majoring in Psychology, with a pre-concentration in Physician Assistant, as well as a minor in both Chemistry and Biology. As a proud University Co-Chief Marshal, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Leadership student, publicist, mentor, and Community Service Chair for Girls Reaching Out (GRO), an Honors Psychology Student Researcher, and Social media content creator for UNCG alumni and student life, I have continuously dedicated myself to volunteering. I believe that these experiences continue to aid me as a student leader who serves as representatives of UNC Greensboro on behalf of the student body. As a student who is actively involved within the local community and culture of civic engagement on campus and among the UNCG student body, I am passionate about giving back through service. Through my active involvement, I have not only learned what it means to devote my time to service, but also the impact and importance.
She could be described in Dr. King’s own words, in his Conquering Self-Centeredness speech given in Montgomery, Alabama on August 11, 1957:
An individual has not started living fully until they can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity … Every person must decide at some point whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”