Remembering A Historic Visit: ABC27 Highlights Milton Hershey School in MLK Day Coverage
Featuring Fonati Abrokwa ’01, MHS Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion
Nearly 30 years ago, Coretta Scott King visited Milton Hershey School and Fonati Abrokwa ’01 was there. Then a middle school student, Abrokwa remembers how she felt hearing King’s inspiring words, which echoed the compassion of her late husband Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“When I look back, the humility of Coretta to speak to MHS students just shows the kind of service heart she had for others and that’s what MLK stood for,” Abrokwa said.
As our nation honors the legacy of Dr. King this month, ABC27 interviewed Abrokwa, an MHS alumnae who now leads diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at MHS.
“In thinking about Coretta’s words, her message about giving back is one of the reasons why I came back to MHS,” Abrokwa said. “What I love about my role is the opportunity I have to build on the great things we have established at MHS, keeping equity at the forefront. I get to do that and work with so many great young people—it all ties together.”
In her interview, Abrokwa also encouraged the MHS family and our entire community to embrace positive conversations and be open to continual improvement. Her goal is to honor those who came before her and set an example for those to come. “I’m the first in my role, but hopefully that will inspire other young women at our school, other young men at our school to really come back and want to give that service to our students as well.”