The city of Monroe hosted its 41st annual birthday salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this past Wednesday, January 15, 2020. It was hosted at the W.L. “Jack” Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center. The guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Carolyn Hunt who is the pastor of Walk in the Word Church also located in Monroe. Under the direction of Mr. Deziray Sullivan, the Wossman High school Choir sang the inspirational songs for the evening.
Mr. Andrew Hill was presented the Morris Henry Carroll Education Award. Mr. Hill was in the Monroe school system for a total of forty-five years. He wore many hats in the Monroe school system. He started out teaching Social Studies and Science courses before later becoming a Curriculum Coordinator. Mr. Hill was the first black principal at Minnie Ruffin Elementary. He was the principal for seventeen years, after that he became an elementary supervisor for grades fourth-sixth. Mr. Hill was the first personal supervisor for the Monroe school system. Mr. Hill was also the founder of Eta Pi Chapter Kappa Alpha Fraternity at ULM campus. Mr. Hill has received numerous awards just to name a few Regional Principal of the year, District Principal of the year, and Teacher of the year. While principal at Minnie Ruffin Elementary, Mr. Hill never suspended or expelled a student. In 2013, Mr. Hill decided that it was time for him to retire. We would like to thank Mr. Hill for all of his hard work and dedication to the Monroe City School System.