MLK Award

The Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service recognizes outstanding commitment to volunteer service by members of the Johns Hopkins community. All faculty, staff, graduate students, and retirees are eligible to be nominated for this award.

Community service awards are presented at our Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration, held each year in January, to individuals who demonstrate the same spirit of volunteerism, citizenship, and activism that characterized the life of Dr. King.

2018 Recipients

award winners

Recipients of the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award are, clockwise from left, standing:

Maurisha White, medical office supervisor, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Jerrell Bratcher, administrative coordinator, Johns Hopkins University

Linda Johnson-Harvey, administrative coordinator, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Tatia Gilstrap, quality specialist, Sibley Memorial Hospital

Lois Eldred, P.A.-C., Dr.P.H., assistant professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Caróle Campbell, care manager and clinical team lead, Johns Hopkins Health Care

Kelly Koay, M.D., physician, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Karen Schneider, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Eligibility

All faculty, staff, graduate students, and retirees of the university, as well as all staff and retirees of the hospital and health system, and persons regularly assigned to work at Hopkins through affiliated organizations, are eligible to receive the award. Members of the Martin Luther King Jr. nomination review panels, executive committee, and celebration committee are not eligible.

Nomination Process

Nominations for 2019 will open in August 2019.

Anyone may nominate an individual who has volunteered time and energy during 2019 to benefit others. Previous recipients may be re-nominated on the basis of a new volunteer activity performed in 2019. Self-nominations are accepted. All nominations must be submitted on the nomination form and include:

  • Nominee’s name, address, telephone number, position, and department in which he or she is currently employed.
  • A detailed description of the community service the nominee performed; the impact of the volunteer work; any special qualities, creativity, and/or resourcefulness the nominee demonstrated; and length of volunteer involvement. (You may want to review the information with the nominee to ensure that you have the most accurate information regarding his or her volunteer work and the impact of the volunteerism.)
  • Reasons why the nominee should be recognized by this award.
  • Nominator’s name, address, and telephone number.
Selection Criteria

Two nomination review panels, one composed of university employees and one composed of health system employees, will evaluate the nominations.

The nomination review panels will base their recommendations on the nominee’s accomplishments achieved through voluntary community service and the impact of that service on the surrounding community. Panels will consider special qualities demonstrated by the nominee and the nominee’s resourcefulness while performing community service. The frequency of the activity as well as the length of service will also be considered. Preference will be given to community service performed locally; however, panels will consider service performed elsewhere.

The panels will make their selections and forward their recommendations to the Martin Luther King Jr. executive committee for final review and approval. All nominators and award recipients will be notified in November.

Past Keynote Speakers

Past keynote speakers for the Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration:

2017: Dr. Robert Higgins

2016: Dr. Levi Garraway and Denyce Graves

2015: Morris Dees

2014: Freeman A. Hrabowski

2013: Benjamin Jealous

2012: Martin Luther King, III

2011: Shirley Sherrod and Regina Benjamin

2010: Lou Gossett, Jr.

2009: Lynn Whitfield and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

2008: Levi Watkins

2007: Maya Angelou

2006: James Earl Jones

2005: Rev. Jesse Jackson

2004: Cicely Tyson

2003: Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte, Ideals Award Recipient

2002: Coretta Scott King

2001: John Lewis and Dick Gregory, Ideals Award Recipient

2000: Taylor Branch

1999: Julian Bond

1998: Levi Watkins and Benjamin Carson

1997: Kweisi Mfume

1996: The Rev. Bernice King

1995: Sweet Honey in the Rock

1994: Yolanda King, Ossie Davie, and Ruby Dee

1993: Johnetta Coles and Maya Angelou

1990: Stevie Wonder

1988: Rosa Parks and Ralph Abernathy

1987: Zenani Mendela and Benjamin Hooks

1986: The Rev. Desmond Tutu

1985: Harry Belafonte

1984: Andre Young

1983: Coretta Scott King

1982: Martin Luther King, III and Bernard Lee