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GWU's 2011 MLK Awards Recognize Students and Staff Devoted to Dr. King’s Legacy
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GWU's 2011 MLK Awards Recognize Students and Staff Devoted to Dr. King’s Legacy

This community story comes to us from the George Washington University:

An army veteran, community health director, feminist scholar, aspiring opera singer, multicultural mentor, spoken-word poet and an education activist who have completed more than 400 hours of community service are the recipients of The George Washington University’s 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. The GW MLK Awards and a special event featuring PBS’ Tavis Smiley on Thursday, Jan. 13, will kick off a week-long celebration of Dr. King.  

Other events include the annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 17, where nearly 500 GW students will spruce up several Ward 8 schools including Ballou High School; MLK Day of Speeches at Kogan Plaza on Tuesday, Jan. 18; and an MLK oratory contest on Thursday, Jan. 20. 

This year marks the 24th year that GW community members will be recognized as stewards of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s vision of equality, compassion and empowerment. The 2011 MLK student awardees are Cameron Bell, Brian Hawthorne, Adam Layne, Bianca Neri, Andres Lamar Smith and Catherine Zatorski. Mayra Espinoza, university coordinator of student involvement, is the 2011 staff award winner. These individuals will be awarded on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the Marvin Center Dorothy Betts Theatre located at 800 21st St., NW.   


“Dr. King is the epitome of leadership.  He lived in a purposeful, principled and values-driven manner that inspired the world,” said Michael Tapscott, director of GW’s Multicultural Student Services Center. “This is what people should think about during this holiday, and the students and staff that we honor today are living reflections of Dr. King's dream. We applaud the award winners, the King Commendation winners and each of the nominees for their dedication to others through service, leadership and scholarship.”

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Award Committee and Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) coordinate the ceremony each year. The ceremony includes the awards program and a dessert reception. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact the Multicultural Student Services Center at 202-994-7010 or msscares@gwu.edu.  

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