DVD : Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Celebration - 2015
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The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission was established to recognize Dr. King's significance as a civil rights leader and to honor Ohioans who work to promote diversity and eliminate discrimination through nonviolent methods. Each year, the Commission presents awards to Ohioans to celebrate the life of Dr. King, whose teachings encourage nonviolent actions to secure equal rights for all Americans.

2015 Awards:
Community Building: Master Sgt. Antonia Anderson
Cultural Awareness: John Upshaw
Economic Opportunity: Atiba Thompson
Health Equity and Awareness: Lewis Shine II
Social Justice: Hope Dudley
Youth: Capturing the Vision of Dr. King: Da'Quan Knuckles
Governor's Humanitarian Award: David Price

As part of the celebration, Ohio students who won their age group at the 2014 statewide oratorical contest will present their speeches.

Student Speakers:
James Oran, Fifth Avenue International Alternative Elementary School, Columbus, Ohio
Courtney Stewart, Columbus Preparatory School for Girls, Columbus, Ohio
John Merkel, Lima Senior High School, Lima, Ohio

Additional Speakers:
Rev. Richard Burnett, Trinity Episcopal Church
Rev. Joel L. King, Vice Chair, Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
William T. Green, Chair, Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
Andre Porter, Director, Ohio Department of Commerce
Robert Gordon, Commissioner, Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
David Jehnsen, Commissioner, Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
McKinley Brown, Commissioner, Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
Dorothy Lovell-Jones, Commissioner, Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
Napoleon Bell, Commissioner, Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
Dr. Fannie L. Brown, Commissioner, Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
Rabbi Michael Ungar, Tifereth Israel, Columbus, Ohio

Music:
Tamia Nichol Simmons, Abundant Mercy Church of the Living God, Columbus Ohio
Berwick Alternative K-8 School Choir
January 15, 2015