Two Rockland Leaders Honored by Nyack College for Social Justice Remembered

Nyack College joins the Rockland County community in mourning the death of two highly esteemed leaders who served the people of the County so passionately and who were honored by the College for their servant leadership.

Dr. Stella Marrs

Dr. Stella Marrs passed away on February 25 at the age of 92 at her home in South Carolina where she retired. Dr. Marrs led the Martin Luther King Multi-purpose Center in Spring Valley, NY from 1986 to 2006. She was inducted into the Rockland County Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2003 for her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s and also for her work as a community liaison specialist for the Rockland County Commission on Human Rights.

Dr. Marrs was presented with the Nyack College Social Justice Award in 2011 along with the Honorable Harriet Cornell, a Rockland County legislator.

Rev. Louis Sanders

Rev. Louis Sanders, former senior pastor of the St. Charles A.M.E. Church in Sparkill, NY passed away on February 27 at the age of 76. He served the St. Charles congregation for 36 years and retired to Roanoke, Virginia in 2017.

Rev. Sanders was awarded the Nyack College Social Justice Award in 2007 and was inducted into the Rockland County Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2009. Students, faculty and staff of Nyack College volunteered to serve community residents at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast each January.

Nyack College salutes the legacy of these two selfless leaders for their contributions to fulfill the biblical call “to see a mighty flood of justice, a river of righteous living that will never run dry.” (Amos 5:24)