CHARLESTON, WV – The Martin
Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission is seeking nominations of
individuals and organizations for the 2020 “Living the Dream Awards.”
Since its inception in 1986, The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday
Commission has recognized individuals and organizations in the state of
West Virginia through its “Living the Dream Awards.” These awards were
developed to honor West Virginians who live by the principles of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and who continue his work today.
“The work of Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to inspire us to action,”
Commission Chair and Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs
Executive Director Jill Upson said. “Those who, like King, persist in
using their time, talent, and resources, for the benefit of those around
them deserve to be honored.”
The nomination form
can be found here
Five awards are given to individuals who best exemplify – through
action or personal traits – the principles and ideals characterizing
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his pursuit of social change. Any person,
regardless of race, color, or creed may be nominated. The award
The Advocate of Peace
Award is given to a person who has been an advocate of
social change in a non-violent way.
The Sharing of Self
Award is given to a person who has rendered service to
others in the public or private sector.
The Human and Civil
Rights Award is given to a person who has been actively
involved in the pursuit of equality for others and is an advocate for
Award is given to a person who has made significant
contributions in the area of education.
Living the Dream Award is the highest award that is
presented to an individual by the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday
Commission. This award is approved by the Governor of the State of West
Virginia and is given to a person who best exemplifies all of the characteristics
of justice, scholarship, sharing of self, human and civil rights, and
advocacy of peace. The recipient must have a recognizable sense of civic
awareness and public service.
In addition to the individual awards, qualified organizations that have demonstrated
one or more of the following principles may also be honored: the
promotion of human and civil rights, providing assistance to under-served
communities, the promotion of tolerance, and resolving conflict in a
non-violent manner. Annually, the Commission recognizes up to three
service organizations in the state of West Virginia for placement on the
Living the Dream Service Organization Honor Roll.
Winners will be recognized as part of an ecumenical service, in
celebration of Dr. King’s continued and significant legacy, which will be
held on Jan. 20, 2020 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charleston.
The deadline for submission of nominations and all supporting materials
is Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.
Nomination materials may be sent via one of the following methods:
Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission
Chairperson, Director Jill Upson
State Capitol, Room 9R
1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
Charleston, WV 25305
The mission of The Martin Luther King
Jr. State Holiday Commission is to develop, promote, coordinate, approve,
review, and make recommendations for activities to commemorate the
birthday and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the
state of West Virginia. The Commission encourages state, local, and
county governmental agencies, along with educational institutions, civic
organizations, and the general public, to plan activities for observance
of the holiday.
More information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday
Commission and about the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs can
be found at www.MinorityAffairs.wv.gov or by calling