CARBONDALE — The public is invited to attend a short, informal meeting to provide input for the best way to solicit nominations for the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. The meeting will be hosted by the MLK Planning Committee at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carbondale Civic Center, Room 112.
The goal is to receive a larger number of nominations for the award.
The Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award is intended to recognize an individual or group that exhibits King’s character and legacy.
Nominees should have enacted or modeled a spirit of community service in the manner of King. For instance, they might have demonstrated a commitment to justice, equality, peace, social change, improved race relations or compassion undertaken in their home community. Candidates must be from Carbondale or Murphysboro to be eligible.
The recipient(s) will be recognized at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Celebration at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at Carbondale Civic Center.
Past winners include Pepper Holder, U.S. Sen. Paul Simon (posthumously), Linda Flowers, Milton and Corene McDaniel, Dr. Seymour Bryson, Lillian Adams, Mary O’Hara, Marjorie Parker, Donna Haynes, Hugh Muldoon, Margaret Nesbitt, Genevieve Houghton and Pastor Rick Jackson. This will be the ninth year the award has been given.
If plan to attend the meeting, call Carolin Harvey at 618-303-1973 or email Maurine Pyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.