Emory University's public health and business schools will honor 11 Atlanta individuals and organizations for giving back to the community, including the attorney who gained national attention for her efforts to help free Georgia teen Genarlow Wilson.
The Rollins School of Public Health and Roberto C. Goizueta Business School will recognize honorees with a Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award at a ceremony Jan. 24, at 4 p.m. in the business school's auditorium.
Isaac N. Farris Jr., president and CEO of The Martin Luther King Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc. will deliver the keynote address and join in saluting these individuals and organizations whose work embodies Dr. King's ideals of service and social justice.
This year's honorees render community service in youth education and human rights:
- The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic promotes and protects the well being of neglected, abused and court-involved children in Georgia. It provides a juvenile defender clinic, a policy clinic, and a legislative advocacy clinic.
- Brenda Joy Bernstein, an Emory alumna, has worked for more than 19 years in criminal and civil trial litigation and appellate work. B.J. has handled a number of high profile cases, including Georgia teen Genarlow Wilson.
- Marvin Bussey is the founder and executive director of Teens At Work, Inc., a non-profit agency that provides after-school programs for youth.
- Bradley Cartwright and Kerry Smith are teachers at the Atlanta Girls' School. Their innovative classroom work has inspired students to become agents of positive social change.
- Fugees Family is non-profit organization that helps child survivors of war rebuild their lives in Atlanta.
- The MAN-UP Organization connects men with legal services, computer classes, GED and job readiness training, mental health services and other support.
- Moving in the Spirit is a youth development program that uses dance as a vehicle to transform the lives of children living in Atlanta's urban communities.
- Volunteers at The Open Door Community serve breakfast and soup-kitchen lunches, provide showers and changes of clothes, staff a free medical clinic, conduct worship services and meetings for the clarification of thought, and provide a prison ministry.
- Planned Parenthood of Georgia's Teen Action Group helps address the disparities in the Atlanta community by providing information and skills for at-risk youth.
- Sistaspace Collective Inc., provides one-on-one and group mentoring to girls in grades 6-12 with a focus on helping middle and high school girls develop the social and life skills required for success.
"These individuals and groups should all be commended for their service," says Kimberly Jacob Arriola, PhD, MPH, associate professor of behavioral sciences and health education at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, and co-chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee. "They exemplify the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who believed that 'anyone can be great because anyone can serve.'"
For more information about the 2008 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards, visit http://www.sph.emory.edu/AWARDS/.