Press Release: Umass Dartmouth Calls For Nominations For 2011 Drum Major Award In Honor Of Martin Luther King Jr.
Date: October 7, 2010
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.
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 Award will be presented at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Friday, January 28, 2011. The award was created by the University to acknowledge the contributions of campus leaders and community leaders who work diligently to keep Dr. King's dream alive.
In 2010, the 8th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Drum Major Awards were awarded to Reverend Curtis Dias of Calvary Pentecostal Church and PACE, Inc., and People Acting in Community Endeavors.
In 2009, the 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Drum Major Awards were awarded to Carol Spencer, Director of UMass Dartmouth's College Now program; and Dr. Irving Fradkin, Founder of Dollars for Scholars.
Awardees will designate a charitable organization of their choice, to which a check of $1,000 will be given in their name.
"The MLK breakfast is the University's opportunity to celebrate the ideals and accomplishments of individuals who personify Dr. King's dream for a more just society," said Chancellor MacCormack. "We urge people to nominate individuals for the Drum Major Award who have demonstrated the will and ability to level the socioeconomic playing field in our community."
Specifically, the university seeks nominees in two categories: individuals from UMass Dartmouth and individuals from the region 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.
"As a University, it is our responsibility to celebrate Dr. King's life and find ways to honor his teachings to encourage and support diversity,'' said Yolanda Dennis of the university's Office of Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Outreach, who is coordinating the event. "This event and the award ceremony keep Dr. King's memory and vision alive and vibrant at UMass Dartmouth."