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Nicole Griffin Receives 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award

Bloomington, Ind. - The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award, presented at the City’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, was recently awarded to Nicole Griffin. The annual award is given to a person who has made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice, and human rights.

Griffin stays heavily invested in her community, serving on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commission (including as commission chair for three years), and serving on the Black History Month Committee, where she spearheaded an initiative to recognize local women who had gone unnoticed and unsung, but who had been instrumental in the mentoring and nurturing of others. Griffin helped create the Summer Heritage Camp, which gives children a sense of belonging and opportunities to keep in touch with their heritage. Along with her husband, Donald Griffin, she also created the Black History Month Living Legends Award, which recognizes African-American Bloomingtonians who have helped shape the campus and community.

Additionally, Griffin has encouraged more representation of African-American artists in the Eskenazi Museum of Art. She served on the planning committee for the 2017 American Heart Association annual fundraising luncheon and encouraged dozens of young entrepreneurs through the Lemonade Day program.

For her kind spirit, her grace under pressure, her willingness to always step in and lend a helping hand, and her unwavering service to her community, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission was proud to present Nicole Griffin with the 2018 MLK Legacy Award.