Press Release: UMass Dartmouth Calls for Nominations For 2009 Drum Major Award in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr
Date: September 23, 2008
Department: Equal Opportunity / Diversity & Outreach
To obtain a nomination form, visit www.umassd.edu/eeo or contact Yolanda Dennis, MLK Event Coordinator/Diversity Analyst at 508.999.8192.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack announced that the University is accepting nominations for its annual Drum Major Award to memorialize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Drum Major Award honors individuals 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 Friday, February 6, 2009. 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 2008, the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Drum Major Awards were awarded to Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, President, Bridgewater State College and Dr. Susan Costa, former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs received the award. The Corporate Recipient honored was The New Bedford Historical Society.
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.
Awardees will designate a charitable organization of their choice, to which a check of $1,000 will be given in their name.
"We are so fortunate that our campus and region include many people who personify Dr. King's values and dreams," said Chancellor MacCormack. "We urge people to nominate individuals who continue to pursue the dream today."
Specifically, the university is seeking nominees in two categories: members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and regional leaders who meet the following criteria:
* 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.
"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 Dennis of the university's Office of Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Outreach.