2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 4:00pm
Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins (CNR) Auditorium
Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road, NE, 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 Uniting in Divisive Times and we welcome Guest Speaker James "Jay" Bailey, Chief Executive Officer of Operation Hope. Over the past 5 years under Mr. Bailey’s leadership in the Southeast, HOPE has helped nearly 50,000 children, adults, and families learn about financial literacy. More information about Mr. Bailey and about Operation Hope can be found here.

This year, we will recognize the following 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.

The 2018 award recipients for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards are:

  • Atlanta Music Project
  • Bearings Bike Shop
  • Georgia Equality
  • Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP)
  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia
  • Janelle Yamarick
  • Jerusalem House
  • Living Walls


Corey M. Dortch, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, 2017 Committee
Silke Von Esenwein, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, 2017 Committee

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



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