Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission accepting nominations for 2022 “Living the Dream Awards”

The Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission is seeking nominations of individuals and organizations for the 2022 “Living the Dream Awards.”

Members of the public are invited to nominate candidates for the awards. Completed nomination packets for individuals or organizations must be postmarked by Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, before 5 p.m. Completed nomination packets can be delivered by U.S. postal service, email, or fax.

Send completed nominations and supporting information to:

Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission
“Living the Dream” Awards
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Building 1, Room 9R
Charleston, WV 25305

The awards will be presented Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observance.

“The ideals of freedom, equality and justice inspire people around the world. Those ideals still need champions to stand up for them today,” said Jill Upson, Commission chair and executive director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA). “Those who follow Dr. King’s example by using their time, talent, and resources in service of others deserve to be honored.”

Since its inception in 1986, the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission has recognized individuals and organizations across 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.

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.

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