MLK Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Medallion Award

​The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion Award is presented each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day during the National Day of Celebration. It is given to individuals in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community who exemplify the ideals of Dr. King. To nominate someone for the Medallion Award click here.

Nominees should meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a resident of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
  2. Promote the ideals of racial equality and social justice as espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. including, but not limited to:
    • Celebrating and promoting the worth of all human beings
    • Pursuing equal rights by non-violent means
    • Encouraging people of diverse cultures to live together in  a spirit  of love and acceptance
    • Active involvement in community service
    • Resisting injustice wherever it is found
    • Promoting inter-group relations and understanding​

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Past winners

2017 - Dr. Peter M. Wherry

2016 - Reverend Rodney Sadler

2015 - Jermaine Nakia Lee

2014 - Deborah Walker, Ph.D.

2013 - Steve Crump

2012 - (National observance partnered with McCrorey YMCA)

2011 - Susan Burgess (posthumous)

2010 - Dr. David Jacobs

2009 - Pastor Barbara Brewton (posthumous)

2008 - Julius Chambers, Stephanie Jennings (posthumous) and Valerie Woodard (posthumous)

2007 - David L. Taylor

2006 - Lenny Springs

2005 - Dr. Clifford Jones

2004 - Arthur Griffin, Dr. Wilhelmenia Rembert, Carson Beckwith and General Cornell A. Wilson Jr.

2003 - Donald Baker (posthumous) and Dr. David Hunter

2002 - Joseph Powell and Dr. Vernon Herron

2001 - Larry B. Murray

2000 - Judge Shirley Fulton

1999 - Malcolm E. Everett III and James E. Ferguson II

1998 - Joe Martin

1997 - Diane English

1996 - Clara Williams

1995 - Jack L. Bullard

1994 - Robert L. Davis Jr.

1993 - Theresa D. Elder

1992 - Bishop George E. Battle Jr.

1991 - Ron Leeper

1990 - Dr. Leon Riddick

1989 - Dr. Loomis McGlohon

1988 - Harvey Gantt

1987 - Dr. Douglas W. Olderburg

1986 - Sarah Stevenson

1985 - Kelly Alexander Sr., Marion Cannon, Kitty Huffman, and Charles Jones

 

The recipient will be honored during the Carolinas HealthCare System Charlotte-Mecklenburg Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday celebration.​​

 

Contact the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee for more information at 704-336-5271​​.

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