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City of Bloomington, Indiana

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.

2017 Winner: Donald Griffin, Jr.

During the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on January 16th, the 2017 Legacy Award was presented by Mayor Hamilton to Donald Griffin, Jr. a businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, advocate, husband, father, son, and a Bloomingtonian. As his nominator said, he is more than a sum of all these things. “It’s how he uses his talents, resources, and gifts to make the community a better place that qualifies him for the 2017 Legacy Award. Congratulations again, Donald Griffin, Jr.!

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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 3, 2018.
  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.