2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 4:00pm
Goizueta Business School, Room W525
Emory University, 1300 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322

To the Metropolitan Atlanta Community:

For over 20 years, the Rollins School of Public Health and the Goizueta Business School have honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards Program. This celebration grew out of a 1993 conversation between Dr. Joyce Essien and then Dean of the School of Public Health, Ray Greenburg, where they agreed that it was time to align the mission and values of Public Health with the precepts of social justice. With support from James Curran, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health and Erika James, Dean of the Goizueta Business School, as well as with the diligent work of faculty, staff, and students, this program has grown to be a major event on the calendar of King Week activities held at Emory. Our program is the only event that has consistently recognized and celebrated people and organizations in greater Atlanta whose work exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year’s theme is Standing strong during times of challenge and controversy and we welcome Guest Speaker, Dr. Sheryl L. Heron. Dr. Heron is a Professor and Vice Chair of Administrative Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs on the Grady Campus, and Associate Director of Education and Training for the Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRCE) at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is a past Chair of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association. She has received several awards, including the Partnership against Domestic Violence's HOPE Award, the Women in Medicine Award from the Council of Concerned Women of the National Medical Association, the Gender Justice Award from the Commission on Family Violence and was named a hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

This year, we will recognize individuals and organizations that not only envision solutions to the many inequities that characterize the world we live in, but also have the courage to act and to persevere in the face of some very challenging circumstances.


Corey M. Dortch, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, 2018 Committee
Silke Von Esenwein, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, 2018 Committee

Please contact the Awards Coordinator, Shaunda Shaw at shaunda.shaw@emory.edu with questions.



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