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SCPS Leaders Honored at NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

The local NAACP and the Greater Shelby Coalition honored Shelby County Public Schools African American principals and assistant principals during their Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration on Monday, January 20th. The following leaders were honored: 

  • Artavia Acklin, principal at Painted Stone Elementary
  • Mannie Stone, assistant principal at Painted Stone Elementary
  • Dr. Joseph Ellison, former principal at Martha Layne Collins High School
  • Henry Robbins, assistant principal at Shelby County High School
  • Donna Jones-Hocker, principal at the Marnel C. Moorman School
  • Yasmine Fleming, principal at Clear Creek Elementary School

Those in attendance were given a special certificate by Janice Harris and Rev. Robert Marshall. 

The NAACP also honored Marnel C. Moorman with a posthumous award for his dedication and service to the students and families of Shelby County.  The newest school was named for Mr. Moorman who was a teacher in Shelby County for 21 years.  He is well-known for serving as the first African American president of the Kentucky Education Association where he helped implement change through the Kentucky Education Reform Act. 

Ms. Laura Moorman, his widow, accepted the honor from Ms. Brenda Jackson, a long-time school board member.

Dr. James Neihof spoke at the event saying that while our community is supportive and ahead of many communities in bridging the equality gap, we still have much work to do.


Ms. Moorman accepts the award. Dr. Neihof