MLK Jr. Community Service Awards
The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System proudly present the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration and Community Service Awards
Johns Hopkins's annual commemoration celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by honoring community service by members of JHU and JHH/JHHS who demonstrate the same spirit of volunteerism and citizenship that characterized the life of Dr. King. Throughout his life, Dr. King had a deep faith in what people working together could accomplish for themselves and for their nation.
The 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, in Turner Auditorium on the East Baltimore campus. American Civil Rights icon and activist Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine—a group of African-American teens who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957 under the protection of federal troops—will be the keynote speaker.
Seating for this celebration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For your convenience, you will be able to view the commemoration online.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Friday, Jan. 26
Volunteers are needed for serving meals, tutoring, painting murals, landscaping, and various other service activities at 18 community organizations across the region. Participants include the Living Classrooms Foundation, Patterson Park Public Charter School, the Helping Up Mission, the 6th Branch, and DC Central Kitchen, among others.
The volunteer activities do qualify for the Johns Hopkins Takes Time for Baltimore program, which allows university employees to use two paid workdays each year for community service.
Faculty, staff, and students can register here.
2017 Recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award
The 2017 Community Service Award recipients are from left: Edward McKay Jr., Darcenia McDowell, Juliet Robinson, Darren Brownlee, Renee Blanding, Carrie Holdren-Serrell, Rhonda Johnson and Ariel Hicks.
Learn more about the eight recipients.
Renee Blanding, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Darren Brownlee, Assistant Administrator, School of Medicine
Ariel Hicks, Research Assistant, School of Medicine
Carrie Holdren-Serrell, Clinical Scientist, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Rhonda Johnson, Informatics Program Coordinator, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Darcenia McDowell, Laboratory Service Technician, School of Medicine
Edward McKay Jr., Surgical Technician, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Juliet Robinson, Surgical Technician, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Who is eligible?
All faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees of the university, all staff, employees 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.
How does the nomination process work?
Anyone may nominate an individual who has volunteered time and energy during 2017 to benefit others. Previous recipients may be re-nominated on the basis of a new volunteer activity performed in 2017. Self-nominations are accepted. All nominations must be submitted on the nomination form and include the following information by Friday, September 29, 2017.
- 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.
What are the criteria for selection?
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.
Who chooses the recipients?
Two nomination review panels, one composed of university employees and one composed of hospital employees, will evaluate the nominations. 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.
Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration Keynote Speakers
|2017 - Dr. Robert Higgins|
|2016 - Dr. Levi Garraway and Denyce Graves|
|2015 - Morris Dees (See Commemeration Recording)||1999 - Julian Bond|
|2014 - Freeman A. Hrabowski||1998 - Levi Watkins and Benjamin Carson|
|2013 - Benjamin Jealous||1997 - Kweisi Mfume|
|2012 - Martin Luther King, III||1996 - The Rev. Bernice King|
|2011 - Shirley Sherrod and Regina Benjamin||1995 - Sweet Honey in the Rock|
|1994 - Yolanda King, Ossie Davie, and Ruby Dee|
|2009 - Lynn Whitfield and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings||1993 - Johnetta Coles and Maya Angelou|
|2008 - Levi Watkins||1990 - Stevie Wonder|
|2007 - Maya Angelou||1988 - Rosa Parks and Ralph Abernathy|
|2006 - James Earl Jones||1987 - Zenani Mendela and Benjamin Hooks|
|2005 - Rev. Jesse Jackson||1986 - The Rev. Desmond Tutu|
|2004 - Cicely Tyson||1985 - Harry Belafonte|
|2003 - Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte, Ideals Award Recipient||1984 - Andre Young|
|2002- Coretta Scott King||1983 - Coretta Scott King|
|2001 - John Lewis and Dick Gregory, Ideals Award Recipient||1982 - Martin Luther King, III and Bernard Lee|
|2000 - Taylor Branch|