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Call for Nominations for 2008 Drum Major Award; Deadline is November 9

The Drum Major Award honors individuals and, for the first time, organizations, who have made significant contributions toward realizing Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality, social justice, and peace

UMass Dartmouth is now accepting nominations for its annual Drum Major Award to memorialize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Nominations from the community must be received on or before Friday, November 9, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. To obtain a nomination form, visit www.umassd.edu/eeo or contact Yolanda Baird, Diversity Analyst at 508.999.8192.  

The Drum Major Award honors individuals and, for the first time, organizations who have made significant contributions toward realizing Dr. King's dream of equality, social justice, and peace.  In one of his more famous sermons, Dr. King said, ". . . say that I was a drum major for justice. . . for peace. . . for righteousness."  

The Drum Major Awards will be presented at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast on February 1, 2008.  It was created by the University to acknowledge the contributions of campus and community leaders who work diligently to keep Dr. King's dream alive.

In 2007, Dorothy Lopes, Retired Elementary School Teacher and Robert P. Waxler, Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, were selected to receive the University's Fifth Drum Major Awards. In 2006, Dr. William Hogan, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Dr. Jibreel Khazan, Resident Counselor, Comprehensive Mental Health System; and Dr. John Sbrega, President, Bristol Community College, received the award.

Awardees will designate a charitable organization of their choice, to which a check of $1,000 will be given in their name.

"Our community is fortunate to include many people who personify Dr. King's values and dreams," said Chancellor MacCormack. "We urge people to nominate individuals and organizations working diligently in the areas that were so important to him and remain important today."

Specifically, the university is seeking nominees in three categories: members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, regional leaders, and organizations (corporation, business or group) who meet the following criteria:

Members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth & Regional Leaders:

- Sustained effort to promote equal opportunity for all and embrace the image of Dr. King.
- Excellence in a field of endeavor, thereby serving as a role model for the disadvantaged or under-represented ethnic and racial groups.
- Demonstrate strong and growing commitment to service.
- Assist in ensuring equal opportunity and career advancement opportunities for underrepresented ethnic and racial groups.

Organizations (corporation, business or group):

- Sustained effort to promote equal opportunity for all and embrace the image of Dr. King.
- Encourage the participation of traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial groups in public service, committees, activities or events.
- Design and implement programs that inspire mutual respect, understanding and sensitivity for persons of diverse backgrounds.
- Promote and advance mutual respect, understanding and appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity.

"With issues of economic justice, peace and equality continuing to be issues in our community and nation, it remains important as ever that we keep Dr. King's vision alive and vibrant," added Yolanda Baird of the university's Office of Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Outreach.
 

Author:  "Yolanda Baird"
Date:  18-Sep-2007
Department:   Equal Opportunity / Diversity & Outreach

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