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Nominations sought for Martin Luther King Jr. “Living the Dream” awards


The Martin Luther King Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission is seeking nominees for “Living the Dream” awards to be presented at a gala on Saturday, April 20, at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The public is invited to nominate candidates for the awards.

There are five awards given to those 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:

1. Advocate of Peace - A person who has been an advocate of social change in a nonviolent way.

2. Sharing of Self - A person who has rendered to others in the public or private sector.

3. 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.

4. Scholarship - A person who has made significant contributions in the area of education.

5. 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.

Letters of nomination must be postmarked by Monday, April 1. Letters should be no longer than two pages in length and must cite specific examples of why the nominee should be recognized. A biography of the nominee also must be included. Documentation in the form of clippings, testimonials, excerpts from other printed materials by or about the candidate may be included to support the nomination. Applications must include the name of the person submitting the nomination, as well as his/her address and a daytime phone number. Send nominations and supporting information to: “Living the Dream” Awards, Martin Luther King Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission, c/o Ted Dues, Esq., 405 Capitol St., Charleston, WV 25301.

For more information about the awards or the April gala, call the West Virginia Division of Culture and History at (304) 558-0220.

The mission of the Holiday Commission is to provide programs celebrating the life and principles of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence, lengthening his legacy. Strengthened by diversity, the Holiday Commission draws together members who strive to create opportunity for growth, leadership and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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