2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Goizueta Business School, Room W525
Emory University, 1300 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 Pushing Forward Together and we welcome Guest Speaker George Yancy, PhD, Professor of Philosophy at Emory University and author of “I Am a Dangerous Professor,” as well as “Black Bodies, White Gazes” and “Look, a White!” and a co-editor of “Pursuing Trayvon Martin.”

The 2017 Award Recipients are:

  • Atlanta Black Jewish Coalition
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • First Step Staffing
  • Georgia Appalachian Trail Club
  • Hands On Atlanta
  • La Amistad
  • Lekotek of Georgia
  • Neighbor in Need

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

Please contact the Awards Coordinator, Melinda Morrow at Melinda.Morrow@emory.edu with questions.



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