“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”
The photo literally depicts the selected quote, and serves as a visual reminder of the veracity of Dr. King's statement. He certainly lived this quote-he was arrested some 30 times, and faced many other challenges in his quest for civil rights. His faith must have been tested on numerous occasions; nevertheless, he persisted in doing what he believed to be the right things to do despite not knowing how it would turn out. This is an apt example and reminder for all who choose to live their lives according to high principles and values in serving others.
- Dr. Amalia Issa
The idea for the MLK Day Photo Contest stemmed from Mayes College desire to find a unique way to honor the life of service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Though Dr. King is best known for his fight for equal rights, he was also a champion of equality in education and healthcare, environmental justice, and the importance of building a sense of community with our fellow man. The goal of the contest was to celebrate, through visual images and words, the broad range of issues and inequalities that were positively impacted by Dr. King’s efforts.
Plans for the contest go beyond MLK Day. While the honor of inclusion in the 50th Anniversary edition of The Elixir went to the contest's first place photo taken by Dr. Amalia Issa, chair of the Health Policy and Public Health Department, the other winning photos will be developed into a commemorative calendar that will be sold as a fundraiser to support future service activities by Mayes College. The contest, which was open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni, will be an annual event.
In conjunction with the contest, students, faculty, and staff designed a service project which focused on revitalizing the vacant space adjacent to the college by transforming it from a neighborhood eyesore into a cleaned, weeded, and pruned space readied for spring planting. Members of the Mayes College community also worked on clean-up projects in The Woodlands and nearby trolley portal.