Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission Seeks Nomination for 2016 'Living The Dream' Awards


      CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 14, 2015) - The Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission is seeking nominations of individuals and organizations for the 2016 'Living the Dream' awards.  The ceremony revealing and recognizing the winners will be part of the ecumenical service on Monday, January 18, 2016, at Asbury United Methodist Church in celebration of Dr. King's continued and significant legacy. 
      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 also encourages state, local and county governmental agencies, educational institutions, civic organizations and the general public to plan activities for observance of the holiday and can provide them with assistance and information. 
      "The Living the Dream Awards are an important component of West Virginia's recognition of the lasting influence and legacy of Dr. King," said Dr. Carolyn Stuart, chairperson of the Commission. "It allows us the opportunity to congratulate those individuals and organizations that continue to demonstrate, by word and deed, the lessons learned from an exceptional leader and activist." 
        Nomination categories for individuals include Advocate of Peace, Sharing of Self, Human and Civil Rights, Scholarship and the prestigious Governor's Living the Dream Award. Organizations can be offered for nomination in the Service Organization Honor Roll category. 
          The nomination form can be found at under the MLK Commission tab. The deadline for submission of nominations and all support material may be sent via fax 304-558-2722 or mail no later than Friday, December 4, 2015. USPS mail can be sent to:
                                                                                                Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission
                                                                                                              Chairperson, Dr. Carolyn L. Stuart
                                                                                                                        State Capitol, Room 35 
                                                                                                                        1900 Kanawha Blvd., E. 
                                                                                                                        Charleston, WV  25305

More information about Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs and events and activities of the Commission are announced as they become available and can be found at or by calling 304-558-3179.

Established by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in March 2012, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs is committed to advancing equality for all minorities across West Virginia and developing innovative ways to address issues affecting minorities through integrity, leadership and collaboration. 

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