The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission presented awards in categories for Ohioans' efforts to keep Dr. King's dream alive and advance his philosophy of nonviolent social change. Awards were presented at the annual commemorative celebration, the theme of which is MLK50: Legacy of Love in Pursuit of Justice, held Jan. 11, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Columbus. This free noon event recognized Ohio individuals and organizations for their efforts to advance social change.
The annual awards program recognizes the service and achievements of Ohio residents and organizations in areas consistent with the teachings and example of Dr. King. His commitment to seeking racial, social and economic justice through non-violent struggle benefited not only the victims of oppression, but society as a whole. Annual awards lift up both concrete achievements and the continuing spirit of King's dreams for this nation and Ohio. Additionally, elementary, middle school, and high school students who won first place in at the statewide MLK oratorical contest, held each spring, serve as the event's keynote speakers. The students speak about peace, unity, and Dr. King's influence in their lives.
If you have any questions about the nomination process, the commemorative celebration or any other event sponsored by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, please contact Bobbi Bell-Bartholomew at 614-466-8380 or via email at email@example.com.
Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
2018 Annual Award Winners
Governor's Humanitarian Award
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Cleveland
Community Building Award
Cornerstone Global Network, Toledo
Cultural Awareness Award
Marlon C. Shackelford, Dayton
Economic Opportunity Award
City of Cincinnati
Health Equity and Awareness Award
Dr. Marilyn Joy Kindig, Dayton
Social Justice Award
Rev. Damon Lynch, Jr., Cincinnati
Keyaunte Jones, Toledo
To view additional photos from the 32nd Annual MLK Commemorative Celebration, please visit the Commission's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ohiomlkcommission.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission distributed awards to Ohioans who are carrying on the legacy of Dr. King. The awards were part of the 32nd annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration held Jan. 12 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus. Pictured are (front row, from left) Ray Leach, CEO of JumpStart, Inc., of Cleveland, recipient of the Economic Opportunity Award; Wayne McLaughlin of Chillicothe, recipient of the Community Building Award; Katie Potter of Brook Park, recipient of the Health Equity and Awareness Award; Mackenzie Lewis of Columbus, recipient of the Governor’s Humanitarian Award; Jill Ackerman of Lima, recipient of the Educational Excellence Award; (second row) Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor; Andrea King, president of the Lima chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, recipient of the Cultural Awareness Award; Commissioner Fannie L. Brown, Akron; (third row) Phillip Morton of Lima, recipient of the Social Justice Award; Commission Chair Will Lucas, Toledo; Commissioner Dorothy Lovell Jones, Lima; Commissioner Rev. Lorenzo Norris, Cleveland; Commissioner David Jehnsen, Galena; (back row) Commissioner Rev. Joel L. King, Jr., Gahanna; Commissioner Robert Gordon, Gallipolis; and Commissioner Napoleon A. Bell II, Columbus. (Photo by Colleen O’Shea, Ohio State Highway Patrol)
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