On Friday, February 27, 2015, in Birmingham, AL, Ephesus Academy celebrated Black History Month. Students gave an outstanding performance as they reflected on Blacks struggles and accomplishments under the direction of devoted teachers. They revealed how God has led African Americans through the years. They shared with pride and appreciation many inventions and scientific contributions made by African Americans.
Dr. William Lusain, principal of Ephesus Academy, led his students in a remarkable expression of gratitude for a living legend, a nonagenarium. He delivered a passionate tribute to Mattie Swanson. The crowd gave a standing ovation at the mentioning of her name. Dr. Lusain had his students to stand with him as he shared the many things she has done at Ephesus Academy to educate students in social etiquettes. He enumerated many of her other accomplishments. Mrs. Swanson is in her nineties. She has lived a life of service to God, to her church, to young people, and to her community.
She was honored with a beautiful plaque from Dr. Lusain presented on behalf of the faculty, students, and volunteers of Ephesus Academy. Elder Compton Ross, Pastor of Ephesus SDA Church and Ephesus Academy supported the award.
Mrs. Swanson expressed appreciation with humility.