Ph.D. student receives Legacy Award in honor of Dr. King

Fan Yang, a Ph.D. student in the School of Social Work, is the winner of the 2017 Horizon Award, one of three Legacy Awards given annually during UA’s and the Tuscaloosa community’s Realizing the Dream celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In January, Yang will be honored for following Dr. King’s dream of instilling a more culturally sensitive and inclusive mindset in children. As a doctoral student, she created an international pen-pal exchange that ultimately evolved into Heart Touch, a collaborative project that connects elementary-aged children with the Chinese and Japanese cultures. The award is presented to a youth or young adult in the community for demonstrating outstanding vision and hope that promotes social justice, equality and peace. Read more about Yang’s honor.

Yang and two other 2017 Legacy Award winners — Isabel Rubio and Wendell Paris — will be honored at the 2017 Realizing the Dream Banquet on Jan. 13, 2017. Banquet tickets will go on sale Jan. 4. Learn about the 2017 Legacy Awards Banquet.

Photo: Fan Yang, a Ph.D. student in the School of Social Work.


About Realizing the Dream

Funded in part by an endowment from the Fiesta Bowl — which also funds minority scholarships at The University of Alabama — the Realizing the Dream celebration changes every year. Each year’s theme brings together different parts of the community in ways that are fresh and rewarding, from in-school programs to children’s drawings displayed in the lobby, from blended voices of choirs to the joined hands of the audience, to insightful lectures by distinguished speakers. These events shine a spotlight on peace and unity that inspires all of us to make a better tomorrow. The celebration includes a Legacy Banquet with speakers from the world of literature, journalism, politics, religion, education and others; a theatrical presentation; a concert; and a lecture series. All of these events are designed to affirm and keep alive the King legacy among the people of Alabama.