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Ohio 34th Annual MLK Commemorative Celebration 

 

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 as part of the annual commemorative celebration held Jan. 17, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church 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.
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 us at 614-466-8380 or via email at mlk@das.ohio.gov.

  • Click here to view press release announcing 2019 award winners.

  • Click here to view the nomination form and award criteria.

  • Click here to view 2018 news release concerning nominations.

Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
2019 Annual Award Winners

Governor's Humanitarian Award

Pastor Michael E. Carter, Jr., Toledo

Community Building Award

Michael Douglas, Chesterland

Cultural Awareness Award

Toledo Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, Inc., Toledo

Health Equity and Awareness Award

Dr. Darrell Gray II, Columbus

Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, Toledo

Social Justice Award

Vincent Edwards, Jr., Cincinnati

Youth: Capturing the Vision of Dr. King Award

Groomed for Greatness, Toledo


To view additional photos from the 34th 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 34th annual Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration held Jan. 17 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus. Pictured are (front row, from left) – Michelle McCaster, Groomed for Greatness, Toledo; Lorinda McCalebb and Earl Mack, Jr., both of Toledo Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, Inc.; Lt. Governor Jon Husted; Melanie Clark and Alvin Taylor, both of Toledo Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club; Pastor Michael E. Carter, Jr., Toledo; Vincent Edwards, Jr., Cincinnati; (middle row, from left) Tony Pfeiffer, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, Toledo; Vorley Taylor, Kenneth Reeves, Fred LeFebvre, Major Smith and Larry Taylor, all of Toledo Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club; Delores Williams, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County; Dr. Darrell Gray II, Columbus; (back row) Commissioner Jeffrey L. Johnson; Scott Sylak, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County; Commissioner Elizabeth Blount McCormick; Michael Douglas, Chesterland; Commission Chair Will Lucas; Commission Vice Chair, Rev. Joel L. King, Jr. ; Commissioner Napoleon A. Bell II; Commissioner David Jehnsen; Commissioner Kacy R. Bullard and Commissioner Paul M. Booth.(Photo by Karie Randall, Ohio Department of Public Safety.)