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MLK Annual Awards

Now accepting 2017 MLK Award nominations!

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016

 

The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission is excited to be accepting nominations for awards in eight categories for Ohioans' efforts to keep Dr. King's dream alive and advance his philosophy of nonviolent social change. Awards will be presented at the annual commemorative celebration Jan. 12, 2017 in downtown Columbus. This free noon event recognizes 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. 

The event also featured the winners of the Statewide MLK Oratorical Contest, which also is sponsored by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission.

If you have any questions about this celebration or any other event sponsored by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, please contact Bobbi Bell at 614-466-8380 or via email at
mlk@das.ohio.gov.
 

  • Click here to submit a 2017 MLK nomination form.

  • Click here to watch the 2016 celebration online.

  • Click here to view press release announcing 2016 award winners.



    Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
    2016 Annual Award Winners

    Governor's Humanitarian Award

    Pastor Dianna Shurelds, Lima

    Community Building Award

    Pastor Mark Ford, Akron

    Cultural Awareness Award

    Greg Merkel, Lima

    Economic Opportunity Award

    Melinda Carter, Columbus

    Educational Excellence Award

    Robert Decatur, Columbus

    Health Equity and Awareness Award

    Doni Miller, Toledo

    Social Justice Award

    Dr. Joe Coffey, Hudson, and

    Dr. John Tyus, Reynoldsburg


 

To view more photos from the 31st Annual MLK Commemorative Celebration, please visit the Commission's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ohiomlkcommission.

 

Mentoring

Ellisa Coston of Trinity Baptist Church (Columbus) led the congregation in song at the 31st Annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. (Photo by Rebecca Meadows, Ohio Department of Public Safety.)

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31st Annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus. The event was sponsored by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. (Photo by Rebecca Meadows, Ohio Department of Public Safety.)

Mentoring

Ezell Matchett (Lima), now a third-grader, presents his award-winning speech at the 31st Annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus. (Photo by Rebecca Meadows, Ohio Department of Public Safety.)

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Marlin Yarborough (Groveport), now a sixth-grader, presented his speeh as the winner of the Intermediate Division at the 2015 Statewide MLK Oratorical Contest at the 31st Annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. (Photo by Rebecca Meadows, Ohio Department of Public Safety.)

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Bre'Anna Walker (Columbus), now an eighth-grader, presented at the 31st Annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. (Photo by Rebecca Meadows, Ohio Department of Public Safety.)

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Holli Warthem (Lima), now an 11th-grader, was the Senior Division winner at the 2015 Statewide MLK Oratorical Contest and presented her speech at the 31st Annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. (Photo by Rebecca Meadows, Ohio Department of Public Safety.)

Mentoring

Back row, from left: Dr. Joe Coffey of Hudson, Social Justice Award winner; McKinley Brown of Cincinnati, Ohio MLK Commission; Dorothy Lovell-Jones of Lima, Ohio MLK Commission; David Jehnsen of Galena, Ohio MLK Commission; Rev. Joel L. King, Jr. of Gahanna, Ohio MLK Holiday Commission interim chair; Napoleon A. Bell ll of Columbus, Ohio MLK Commission; Eddie Sipplen of Akron, Ohio MLK Commission; Dr. Fannie Brown of Akron, Ohio MLK Commission; Rev. Lorenzo Norris of Cleveland, Ohio MLK Commission. 
Front row, from left: Robert Decatur of Columbus, Educational Excellence Award winner; Pastor Dianna Shurelds of Lima, Governor's Humanitarian Award winner; Sen. Edna Brown of Toledo, Ohio MLK Commission; Doni Miller of Toledo, Health Equity and Awareness Award winner; Lietenant Governor Mary Taylor; Pastor Mark Ford of Akron, Community Building Award winner; Greg Merkel of Lima, Cultural Awareness Award winner; Dr. John Tyus of Reynoldsburg, Social Justice Award winner; and Melinda Carter of Columbus, Economic Opportunity Award winner. (Photo by Jack Kustron, Office of the Lt. Governor.)