The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission presents awards annually in categories for Ohioans' efforts to keep Dr. King's dream alive and advance his philosophy of nonviolent social change. Awards will be presented as part of the 2022 Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. The celebration, which was hosted virtually in 2021, annually recognizes Ohio individuals and organizations for their efforts to advance social change. More details about the event, which is held each January leading up to the MLK holiday, will be available in the coming months.
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 Commission this year reformatted the awards and nomination timeline. Nominations for five awards will now be accepted year-round with the deadline for nominations at Oct. 30 for the following January's event. Any nominations received after Oct. 30 will be considered for the following year's event. Nominations can be submitted electronically by clicking here to download and complete the nomination form. Completed forms can be emailed to the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 us at 614-466-2136 or via email at email@example.com.
Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
2021 Annual Award Winners
Governor's Humanitarian Award
Doni Miller, Toledo
Community Building Award
Johnnie Jackson, Marion
Cultural Awareness Award
The Marion Voices Folklife and Oral History Program, Marion
Economic Opportunty Award
Sheryl Rajbhandari, Cincinnati
Educational Excellence Award
Candace Floyd, Marion
Health Equity and Awareness Award
Whitney Gherman, Marion
Social Justice Award
Katherine Yoder, Bexley
Youth: Capturing the Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Klarke Griffith, Cincinnati
To view photos from the 35th Annual MLK Commemorative Celebration, please visit the Commission's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ohiomlkcommission.
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 35th annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration held Jan. 16, 2020 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus. Pictured are (front row, from left) – Members of MORTAR, Cincinnati; (middle row, from left) Member of MORTAR, Cincinnati; Rev. Gerard Mirbel, Painesville; Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., Columbus; Dr. Anahi Ortiz, New Albany; Veronica Sims, Akron; Billy Joe White, Zanesville; (back row) Commissioner Senator Hearcel Craig; Commissioner Paul M. Booth; Commissioner Elizabeth Blount McCormick; Commissioner Jeffrey L. Johnson; Commissioner Tracey Winbush; Governor Mike DeWine; Commission Vice Chair, Rev. Joel L. King, Jr.; Commissioner Kacy R. Bullard; Commissioner Napoleon A. Bell II; Commission Chair Will Lucas; and Commissioner David Jehnsen. (Photo by Becci Meadows, Ohio Department of Public Safety.)