2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 4:30pm
Rollins School of Public Health Auditorium, Claudia Nance Rollins Building
Emory University, 1518 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. This year we are delighted to partner with the School of Medicine in this celebratory event. With support from James Curran, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health, Erika James, Dean of the Goizueta Business School, Vikas Sukhatme, Dean of the School of Medicine and 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 Mobilizing for Justice, Advocating for Change

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 mobilize others to work for justice and to advocate for change during challenging times.

To nominate an individual or organization for this award, please complete the nomination survey – see link below. All nominations are due by 5pm on November 30, 2019.

2020 Emory University MLK Community Service Award Nomination

Award nominees should be an individual/organization that provide services and/or serve as advocates for the human rights of those marginalized because of poverty, race or ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, or any other reasons. It is inclusive of services and programs related to the welfare of adults and children and programs designed to provide access to resources, opportunities and other social justice issues.


Sarah C. Blake, PhD, MA
Co-Chair, Rollins School of Public Health
Shanice Brown, MEd
Co-Chair, Goizueta Business School

Natalie Fields, MPH
Co-Chair, School of Medicine
Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH
Co-Chair, School of Medicine

Lynne Segall, MBA
Co-Chair, Goizueta Business School

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



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