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Humanitarian Awards"The Promise of Democracy"

The year 2016, will mark the 50th anniversary of the “Chicago Freedom Movement Rally”, this rally was apart of Dr. King’s “Poor People’s Campaign.” The foundation for the Chicago Campaign began in the
summer of 1965. Dr. King and SCLC, was invited to lead a demonstration against de facto segregation in education, housing, and employment.
The campaigns had gained momentum through demonstrations and marches, when race riots erupted on Chicago’s West Side in July 1966.
Throughout the summer, of 1966, Dr.  King faced the managerial encounters of organizing Chicago’s diverse African American community, warning against further violence and working to counter the mounting
resistance of working-class whites who feared the impact of open housing on their neighborhoods...
On that day, Dr. King stated in his speech, "Now is the time to make real the promise of Democracy.
Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity for all of GOD’s Children.”
The Dr. King holiday has been celebrated in Colorado for 31 years. In those years the community has
marched for justice, democracy, peace and humanity. We still face some of the same issues of injustice 50
years later.
In the spirit of justice, democracy, peace and humanity, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday
Commission’s Humanitarian Awards Committee is seeking nominations of individuals and organizations that
have given freely from their hearts to others, who have given their talent, time and energy to meet unmet
needs, stir hope, speak for the voiceless, and to build a better world, if for just one person at a time. Adults,
young people, organizations, and groups who volunteer their time and talents to the community are our
focus. 
We also seek those individuals working in service positions whose passion for the people or causes they serve,
pushes them to regularly go above and beyond their job duties. We are equally interested in youth who are
setting a stellar example for all in the Colorado community.
We will honor six of these “message carriers” on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Humanitarian Award. The awards ceremony will be celebrated in
conjunction with a community reception and concert by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which is held
annually to celebrate Dr. King’s life and work.
Your nominee will be in excellent company. Humanitarian recipients have come from all walks of life, but
each has been driven, as Dr. King was, by the desire to help and make the world a better place. Past
recipients of the Humanitarian Awards are listed on the back of this letter.  Humanitarian Awards Committee
members are not eligible for consideration.
The form is also available online at www.drmartlkingjrchc.org under “2016 Humanitarian Awards.” Feel
free to download and copy the form and share it with others. Please mail or hand delivers the nomination
form to: Terry Nelson, Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton Street, Denver, CO
80205 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ordrmlkingjrchc@aol.com   or fax your nomination forms to:
720-865-2418 by midnight Monday, November 16th, 2015.
Sincerely,
Terry Nelson
Chair, Humanitarian Awards Committee  
Sincerely,
                  (720) 971.1329• FAX 720-865-2418
                                                 WWW.Drmartinlkingjrchc.org
 
 
 
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award Recipients – 1990-2015
    1990
    Bishop William C. Frey
    Rudolfo "Corky" Gonzales
    Rachel Noel
    Rev. James D. Peters, Jr.
    Rev. Acen L. Phillips
    Arie Taylor
    1991
    Warren Alexander
    Leo Cardenas
    Joyce Marie Davis
    John Echohawk
    Rabbi Steven Foster
    Sumiko Hennessey
    Rev. Julian Rush
    James D. White
    1992
    Daisy Anderson,
    Steamboat Springs
    Greater Denver Ministerial
    Alliance
    Rev. Wendell T. Liggins
    Rex Morgan
    Max Frankel
    Swanee Hunt
    Gary Lozow
    Lewis Trujillo
    1993
    Polly B. Baca
    Denver Rescue Mission
    Sarah Lee Foster
    Charlotte Friedman
    Vincent G. Harding, Ph.D.
    Penfield W. Tate II
    A WORLD OF
    DIFFERENCE
    1994
    Dr. Jules Amer
    Lowell Darr
    Rabbi Daniel Goldberger
    Kappa Alpha Phi
    National Council of Negro
    Women, Inc.
    Patricia Barela Rivera
    Leonard Sowell
    1995
    Senator Robert E. Allen
    Oleta L. Crain
    Ruth C. Denny
    Jim Garcia
    Antonio Guardado, South 
    H.S.
    Rosalind “Bee” Harris
    Home of Neighborly
    Services Teri
    Westerman/PHAMALY
    1996
    Anti-Defamation League
    Shaun Gutierrez/Heaton M.
    S, Agatha Jackson
    Grace Hale Jordan
    Orlando’s Way
    Gladys Raj
    Sage Remington
    UMOJA: Terry Minggia,
    Virgil Robinson, Alfred
    Sayers
    U.S. Rep. Pat Schroeder
    1997
    American Friends Service
    Committee
    Gwendolyn Scott / A
    WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
    Lorraine Granado
    Barbara Shannon-Bannister
    Rev. Aaron Gray
    George Stranahan (Roaring
    Fork Valley)
    Sarah Harmon
    Susie Jones / Dorothy
    Baker Project
    Mary Miera
    Barbara Shannon-Banister
    George Stranahan (Roaring
    Fork Valley)
    Gwendolyn Thomas
    Bernie Valdez
    1998
    Randy Chapman
    Ramon del Castillo
    Karen Fallahi
    Patricia J Huhn
    Verna W. Jackson, Ph.D.
    2
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award Recipients – 1990-2015
    Kathy Kuskulis
    Oliver “Skeeter” Van/Night
    Moves
    Darius Lee Smith
    Christopher Weatherly-
    White, M.D.
    Jeannie VanVelkinburgh
    John H. Yee
    1999
    Lawrence “Larry” Donato
    William Durland
    Friendly Harbor Drop-in
    Center, Pueblo
    Essie Garrett
    Rosianna Lewis
    Robbi Smith Lange
    Elizabeth and Ted Thomas
    2000
    Michael Auberger
    Sharol Enockson
    Virginia Fraser
    Noel and Leslie Ginsburg
    Ben Reiff
    Janet Sammons
    Barbara Vogel
    2001
    Chris & Chad Horner
    Babs Johnson
    Jack Lang y Marquez
    Robert I. “Bob” Patton
    Sen. Gloria T. Tanner
    Menola Upshaw
    Carlotta Walls Lanier,
    Trailblazer
    Syl Morgan Smith,
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award Recipients – 1990-2015
    Pensal McCray
    L. Elaine Neal
    Julissa Soto
    Julissa Torrez
    Simone Williams
    George W. Gray & Juanita
    Ross Gray (posthumous)
    Lifetime Achievement
    Award
    2008
    Senator Peter C. Groff
    Randle Loeb
    Haven Moses
    Lieutenant Les Perry
    Elisa Sagehorn
    Project Angel Heart
    Volunteers of America,
    (Colorado Branch)
    Wilma M. Taylor
    (posthumous) Lifetime
    Achievement Award
    2009
    Christie Donner
    Pastors Leon & Yvonne
    Emerson
    Russ Nesiba
    Tracy Jenkins Winchester
    Calvin Natt
    Maria Guajardo, Ph.D.
    Jean & Sam Guyton
    Lifetime Achievement
    Award
    2010
    Former Senator the
    Honorable Dorothy
    Rupert,
    LifetimeAchievement
    Award
    Ms. Cleo Parker
    Robinson, Lifetime
    Achievement Award.
    Clinica Tepeyac
    Ms. Rhonda Fields
    La Academia at the
    Denver Inner City Parish
    League of Women Voters of
    Denver Education Fund
    Pastor Heidi McGinness 
    Ms. Alyssa Motz, Youth
    Recipient
    2011
    Lifetime Achievement
    Award
    Dr. Robbie Bean
    Mrs. Lena Gibbons
    (Posthumous)
    Mrs. Alice Langley
    Ms. Loretta Richardson
    Coach Laurence Tarver
    The Stapleton Foundation
    (Alisha Brown & Frank
    Lucero)
    2012
    Honorable
    Menola Upshaw
    Lifetime
    Achievement
    :
    Mrs. Marion
    Veronica Ellerbee
    (Posthumous)
    The Alpha Phi
    Alpha Fraternity,
    Inc.,
    Officer David
    Hutchings,
    The Abrahamic Initiative,
    Dr. Raymond Dean Jones.
    Reverend Ronald Wooding,
    The Dr. Joyce Marie Davis
    Outstand Youth Award:
    Salina C. Trahan,
    2013
    Abraham Harold Fields
    Alyse Cecile Harris
    Dr. Arthur Jones
    Tamara Rhone
    Dr. Ryan Ross
    Sisters of Charity of
    Leavenworth
    The Honorable Elbra
    Wedgeworth
    LifetimeAchievementAward:
    Bennie Lucille Williams
    4
    Trailblazer
    Bea Branscombe
    (posthumous)
    Hiawatha Davis
    (posthumous)
    2002
    Civic Center Office Building
    Community Outreach
    Program
    Eleanor G. Crow
    Betina Hicks
    Grant Jones Jr.
    Frank Nelson
    David Schumm
    Robert J. Shoates
    2003
    Victoria “Vikki” Buckley
    Charles Butcher
    Daniel Oh
    Betty Proctor
    Stephen Straight
    Bess Bailiff-Turner
    Mayor & Mrs. Wellington
    Webb Lifetime
    Achievement Award
    2004
    Lucy Pab`on
    Issac Moore (posthumous)
    Keith “K.C.” Matthews
    William H. Coker
    Jared Polis
    John & Edna Mosley
    Lifetime Achievement
    Award
    2005
    Dianne Briscoe
    Kara Rosa Cayce
    Brother Jeff Fard
    Parthenia Jones-Johnson
    Dr. Lucy Jane Miller
    Karen Wilde Rogers
    Dr. Albert C. Yates
    Abelardo “Lalo” Delgado
    Lifetime Achievement
    Award
    2006
    Charles Cousins
    The Daniels Fund
    Fannie Fiddmont, Ed. D.
    Johnnie Johnson & Wayne
    Turner
    Cecilia Mascarenas
    Zara A. Snapp
    Hazel Johnson Whisett
    Rosemarie Freeney-
    Harding
    Lifetime Achievement
    Award
    2007
    Silke Hansen
    Archie Jones
    3

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award Recipients –
  • 2014
  •  1990-2015
  • Murugan Palani
  • Tom Luehrs
  • Rose Ellen Shipp

 

  • Outstanding Youth Award:”
  • Josephine “Josie” Shumway
  • Brady
  • “The Honorable Wilma J.
  • Webb Founders Award:”
  • Elinor (Ellie) Miller
  • Greenberg &
  • Richard Young ESQ.
  • LifetimeAchievement
  • Award:
  • Thelma Gash &
  • Robert & Eddie Woolfolk
  • 2015
  • David Arterberry, Lifetime
  • Achievement
  • Dr. Barbara Shannon Banister,
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Dr. Evie Dennis, Lifetime
  • Achievement
  • Anna Jo Haynes
  • Reverend Doctor Jules Smith
  • Nekyah Cheraye Scott (Dr.
  • Joyce Marie Davis Outstanding
  • Youth Award)
  • Special MLK Commission
  • award: (Honorable Wilma J.
  • Webb Founder’s) Award
  • Greater Metro Denver
  • Ministerial Alliance (GMDMA)
  • Charles Burell

  • 5
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award Recipients – 1990-2015
    2014
    Murugan Palani
    Tom Luehrs
    Rose Ellen Shipp
    The “Dr. Joyce Marie Davis
    Outstanding Youth Award:”
    Josephine “Josie” Shumway
    Brady
    “The Honorable Wilma J.
    Webb Founders Award:”
    Elinor (Ellie) Miller
    Greenberg &
    Richard Young ESQ.
    LifetimeAchievement
    Award:
    Thelma Gash &
    Robert & Eddie Woolfolk
    2015
    David Arterberry, Lifetime
    Achievement
    Dr. Barbara Shannon Banister,
    Lifetime Achievement
    Dr. Evie Dennis, Lifetime
    Achievement
    Anna Jo Haynes 
    Reverend Doctor Jules Smith
    Nekyah Cheraye Scott (Dr.
    Joyce Marie Davis Outstanding
    Youth Award)
    Special MLK Commission
    award: (Honorable Wilma J.
    Webb Founder’s) Award
    Greater Metro Denver
    Ministerial Alliance (GMDMA)
    Charles Burell
    5
  • NOMINATION FORM
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards - 2016
    Markyourcalendar: the deadline for nominations for the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Humanitarian Award isMidnight,Monday,November16
     
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    Mail forms C/O
    Terry Nelson to 2401 Welton St Denver, CO 80205. E-mail: tnelson@denverlibrary.org,
    anddrmlkinhjrchc@aol.com or fax to 720.865.2418,
    Typednarrativesupportingyournominationshallnotexceedtwo pages,TimesNewRoman
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    Criteriaforselection:
    Recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards have, in varied and diverse
    ways, helped to bring about Dr. King's dream of an equal opportunity for all persons to build a
    better life, regardless of their race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. We
    especially seek to honor adults, youth, and groups who give freely of themselves, whose good
    works spring from a generous volunteer spirit.  It is our aspiration to honor at least one high school
    student who exemplifies the legacy of Dr. King and his message with theDr.JoyceMarie
    DavisOutstandingYouthAward.
     
    We are equally interested in those who have blazed a trail before us, whether or not they're active
    today with the HonorableMenolaUpshaw Lifetime Achievement Award.” We also don’t want
    to forget those that labored among us with their time, talent, and resources, who may no longer
    with us.
    NOMINATION SUBMISSION:
    I am nominating for the 2016
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award (if nominee is deceased, please indicate). Please attach
    on a separate page your reason for nominating this person or organization, and how your nominee
    embodies the compassion, philosophy, and dreams of Dr. King and why this person or organization is
    deserving of this award and recognition.
    Nominee's full name
    Age(if 21 years old or younger)
    Address of nominee (or survivors)
    Email address
    Home phone and fax
    Work phone and fax
     
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Committee
    c/o Vern L. Howard
    PO Box 200488
    Denver, Colorado 802220
    Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    FAX 720-865-2418
     
     
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    Submit your nomination to:
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Committee
    c/o Terry Nelson
    2401 Welton St
    Denver, Colorado 80205 or
    FAX720.865.2418 or
    E-mail:tnelson@denverlibrary.org
    &drmlkinhjrchc@aol.com
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    Blair –Caldwell African American Research Library, Attn: Terry Nelson, it must
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In the spirit of justice, peace and humanity, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission’s Humanitarian Awards Committee is seeking nominations of individuals and organizations that have given freely from their hearts to others, who have given their talent, time and energy to meet unmet needs, stir hope, speak for the voiceless, and to build a better world, if for just one person at a time.  Adults, young people, organizations, and groups who volunteer their time and talents to the community are our focus.

We also seek those individuals working in service positions whose passion for the people or causes they serve, pushes them to regularly go above and beyond their job duties.  We are equally interested in youth who are setting a stellar example for all in the Colorado community.

We will honor six of these “message carriers” on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. The awards ceremony will be celebrated in conjunction with a community reception and concert by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which is held annually to celebrate Dr. King’s life and work.

Your nominee will be in excellent company.  Humanitarian recipients have come from all walks of life, but each has been driven, as Dr. King was, by the desire to help and make the world a better place.  Past recipients of the Humanitarian Awards are listed on the back of this letter.  Humanitarian Awards Committee members are not eligible for consideration.

The form is also available online at under “2015 Humanitarian Awards.”  Feel free to download and copy the form and share it with others. 

Please mail or hand delivers the nomination form to:
Terry Nelson, Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax your nomination form to: 720-865-2418 by midnight Sunday, December 14, 2014.

Sincerely,

Terry Nelson
Chair, Humanitarian Awards Committee

Please mail the nomination form to:
Terry Nelson,
Blair Caldwell African American Research Library,
2401 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205

Email:
  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fax:
your nomination form to: 720-865-2418

Deadline:
Midnight, Sunday, December 14, 2014.

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