Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission

Nominations sought for “Living the Dream” awards

The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission is seeking nominees for the “Living the Dream” awards to be presented as part of the national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observance. The public is invited to nominate candidates for the awards. The holiday will be celebrated on Monday, January 15, 2018 . The awards will be presented during a holiday celebration event scheduled on Monday, January 15, 2018
These are five awards given to individuals who best exemplify, through action or personal traits, the principles and ideals characterizing King in his pursuit of social change. Any person, regardless of race, color or creed, may be nominated for the following categories:

    -  Advocate of Peace, a person who has been an advocate of social change in a non-violent way. 
   -  Sharing of Self, a person who has rendered to others in the public or private sector.                                                                                    -   -  Human and Civil Rights, a person who has been actively involved in the pursuit of equality for others. This person should be an advocate for social change. 
     -Scholarship, a person who has made significant contributions in the area of education. 
     -Governor’s Living the Dream Award, a person who best exemplifies all of the characteristics of justice, scholarship, sharing of self, human and civil rights and advocacy of peace. This person should present a recognizable sense of civic awareness and public service

Also, the Commission recognizes up to three State service organizations for placement on the Living the Dream Service Organization Honor Roll. Qualifying organizations must have demonstrated one or more of the principles for which Dr. King stood: the promotion of human and civil rights, providing assistance to under-served communities, promotion of tolerance, and resolving conflict in a non-violent manner.

Completed nomination packets for individuals or organizations must be postmarked by  October 27, 2017 by or before 5:00 p.m.. Send nominations and supporting information to: “Living the Dream” Awards, Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Room 35, Charleston, WV 25305.


For more information, call 558-3179.

                                                                                                                Living the Dream Nomination Form


                                                              Living the Dream Award Past Recipients 

2018 Living the Dream Award Winners

                                                                                                            2017 Living the Dream Award Winners

     2016 Living the Dream Award winners.pdf

                                                                                                            2015 Living the Dream award winners .pdf

                                                                                                            2014 Living the Dream award winners.pdf

                                                                                                            2013 Living the Dream award winners.pdf

                                                                                                            2012 Living the Dream award winners.pdf

                                                                                                            2011 Living the Dream award winners.pdf

                                                                                                            2010 Living the Dream award winners.pdf




                                                                                                                      MLK State Holiday Commission
                                                                                                                                     State Capitol
                                                                                                                                 Building 1, Room 35
                                                                                                                      1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
                                                                                                                             Charleston, WV 25305

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