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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 7, 2015.
  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 Winner: Craig Brenner!

Legacy Award

Craig Brenner spent twenty years as the Special Projects Coordinator in the City of Bloomington's Community and Family Resources Department. His contributions, in the words of his nominator, "have been meaningful to many individuals as well as the Bloomington community." Craig was nominated by a colleague at the Community and Family Resources Department, who has been able to watch firsthand for many years his efforts on behalf of the MLK Commission, the Commission on the Status of Black Males, and the Council on Community Accessibility. He has consistently planned numerous programs that were beneficial for the entire community.

Craig's personality and sense of humor welcomed each volunteer and commissioner and made them feel appreciated as well as a valuable part of the team on which they served. His knowledge of the community, ability to engage community partners, and attention to detail enabled commissioners to focus on the bigger goals of their commissions. Because of his knowledge and abilities, many individuals who had never previously served on a commission began their service and moved into leadership roles both on the commission and in other parts of their lives. Although advocacy was his profession, it was also his passion.

Craig graduated from Florida Southern College with a Political Science degree in 1970, taught and studied music in Miami, FL, then studied music at Indiana University. Other involvements include being a VISTA volunteer for the South Central Community Action Program and setting up Hoosier Hills Food Bank, being a VISTA Supervisor for Gleaners Food Bank of Indianapolis, serving as the first City of Bloomington liaison with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission, the Council for Community Accessibility, and the Commission on the Status of Women. He also served on various boards and committees including the IU MLK Birthday Committee and the IU Committee to End Rape and Relationship Violence. He received the Mayor's Award for the Council for Community Accessibility in Oct. 2014.

Craig is also a professional musician and has been called on many times to contribute his talent and skills as a musician to enhance various nonprofit events and functions. He has volunteered by performing music and/or raising funds at Middle Way House, Monroe County Jail, Indiana University, etc. His CD release parties provided funds and food for Community Kitchen and Hoosier Hills Food Bank.


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

mlk legacy award 2014

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.

Previous Winners:

(2013) Indiana University Office of Diversity Education!
(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 mlk@bloomington.in.gov.

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