dr. martin luther king jr. model of justice award

Chaminade student exudes calm, peace found in example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Miles Williams served breakfast to residents of Father Dempsey’s Charities as part of his service work through Chaminade College Preparatory. Williams is one of 32 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice honorees who were recognized Jan. 15.

The first time Miles Williams made breakfast for homeless men at Father Dempsey's Charities, he took his time neatly lining the bacon on the pan, much to the annoyance of his fellow volunteers.

It was a first-timer's mistake, he later acknowledged with a grin, and it earned him the nickname "Rookie." Now a senior at Chaminade College Preparatory, Williams knows the routine — pile on the bacon, and get it done quickly.

Editorial | Justice - doing the will of God

At an interfaith prayer service commemorating the opening of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., the slain civil rights leader's youngest daughter recalled that her father was an obedient servant of God who once said, "I just want to do God's will."

"As we dedicate this memorial, as we remember my daddy's legacy, let it not be about us. Let it be about being obedient to the will of God," Bernice King said in 2011 at the service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Acts of justice involve setting youth on the right path

Caleb Camp is among the recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice Award this year. Caleb is a junior at Christian Brothers College High School and was nominated by his parish, St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church.

Even as a young child, Caleb Camp's parents remember him as a helpful person. Getting involved always has been his game, extending a hand to those in need, tutoring kids in the community or serving as a leader in his parish youth group at St. Alphonsus Liguori "Rock" Church.

Those small acts of kindness add up. But it can be understood as more than that. The virtue of justice calls on people to give their due to God and neighbor. In other words, to respect others and establish a harmony that promotes equality among people and the common good.

'Making everybody feel equal'

Jack Fix, a senior at Christian Brothers College High School, is one of the Martin Luther King Model of Justice Award winners. He is pictured in the school chapel.

Jack Fix understands well that service is more than just helping the poor.

"It's not just helping out, but making everybody feel equal," said the senior at Christian Brothers College High School, who has volunteered with a local meals program for the poor since he was in the sixth grade.

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