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Recognizing those who 'Live the Legacy' of Dr. King

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award recognizes and affirms those who have made significant and tangible contributions in the areas of race relations, justice, and human rights. The award is presented annually at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration to the Monroe County resident, business, or advocacy group selected by the City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission.


About the Award

Purpose

To recognize and affirm those who have made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice, and/or human rights.

Frequency of Award

This award is presented annually at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration to the Monroe County resident, business, or advocacy group chosen by the City of Bloomington's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission.

Criteria

  1. The nominee has been personally or corporately involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the advancement of race relations, justice, and/or human rights causes.
  2. The nominee must have been a Monroe County resident, business, or advocacy group for at least one year.

Nomination Process

  1. Anyone can make a nomination.
  2. The Deadline for submitting nominations is January 10, 2014.
  3. Nominations may be made online only. Nominate Here!

Selection Process

  1. The Award Committee reviews all nominations and recommends finalists for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission to consider. The Commission makes the final selection. Any member of either the Award Committee or Commission who is nominated for the award must excuse themselves from discussions and voting during the selection process. Likewise, any immediate family members must also excuse themselves from the decision-making process.
  2. The Award Committee shall notify the winner in January and invite the winner to attend the Birthday Celebration.
  3. The Mayor of the City of Bloomington or the Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission will present the award at the Birthday Celebration.

Congratulations to the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award Winners: Marlene and Donald Griffin, Sr.!

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At the Jan. 20, 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, Mayor Mark Kruzan presented the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award to Marlene and Donald Griffin, Sr., lauding them as having "always been advocates for civil rights and social justice." Donald Griffin, Sr. was one of the first African-American police officers in Bloomington. He worked to resolve issues between people of different races, cultures and religions. The Griffins have been active in the Monroe County NAACP, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), Lions Club, Groups Student Advisory Board and numerous other organizations. Donald, Sr. is currently the pastor of Second Baptist Church in Bedford, IN, and both he and Marlene are continually helping others regardless of race, culture, religion, gender, location or age. "If someone needs help, they will be there," the mayor affirmed.


Congratulations to the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award Winner: Indiana University Office of Diversity Education!

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Congratulations to the Indiana University Office of Diversity Education, the winner of the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award! Mayor Mark Kruzan presented the award at the City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Jan. 10, 2014.

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"I am pleased to present the Legacy Award to an organization that works year-round to promote understanding on the IU Bloomington campus and throughout the community," Kruzan announced. "Though its target audience is primarily students, the Office is a great community partner and always welcomes members from the larger community in its activities." Eric Love, director of the Office of Diversity Education, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. For the past decade, the Office of Diversity Education has coordinated the Unity Summit on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, an event at which several hundred students address issues of diversity, discrimination and advocacy in small-group, facilitated discussions. In 2012, the Office of Diversity Education also partnered with the City on "The Violence of Silence," a forum on domestic violence.

Mayor Kruzan also presented a special Legacy Award to Carlotta Walls LaNier, a member of the Little Rock Nine and the keynote speaker for this year's celebration.

Previous Winners:

(2012) John Whikehart
(2011) Daniel Soto
(2010) Liz Mitchell
(2009) WHFB Community Radio
(2008) Ken Thomas
(2007) Dr. Charlie Nelms
(2006) Dr. James Mumford
(2005) Banneker History Project
(2004) Monroe County Racial Justice Task Force
(2003) The Rev. E. D. Butler
(2003) The Rev. Michael Anderson
(2002) Monroe County Branch of the NAACP
(2001) Guy and Connie Loftman
(2000) Bloomington United


For more information please contact Commission liaison Craig Brenner in the Community and Family Resources Department, 812-349-3471 or brennerc@bloomington.in.gov.

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