Emory University's public health and business schools recently honored nine Atlanta individuals and organizations for giving back to the community.
The Rollins School of Public Health and Roberto C. Goizueta Business School recognized individual volunteers and groups with a Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award at a ceremony held Jan. 18. Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin also joined 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, human rights and healthcare. The 2007 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award individual honorees included:
*Bruce Coward, a 20-year Special Olympics Georgia volunteer and founder of Camp All-American.
*Akudo Ejelonu, a college student who has spent the last year in the Gulf Coast region helping families impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
*Dabney Evans, '98MPH, executive director of the Emory University Institute of Human Rights.
*Evelyn Mims, Project Open Hand/Atlanta volunteer.
*Patrick Sutton, youth mentor and director of community programs for Camp Coca Cola.
Among the local organizations recognized for outstanding service were:
*Dress for Success Atlanta, a non-profit organization that helps women in need enter the workforce and stay employed.
*Operation P.E.A.C.E. (Positive Education Always Create Elevation), Inc., a non-profit that provides mentors and educational support to children residing in the Village of Bedford Pine community.
*Project Success, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, provides tuition support, mentors, academic and cultural enrichment experiences and leadership training to high school graduates from disadvantaged communities.
*Sisters Intelligently Striving to Enhance Real Sisterhood (S.I.S.T.E.R.S.), a mentorship program for girls in need.
"These individuals and groups should all be commended for their service," says Usha Ramakrishnan, PhD, associate professor in the Hubert Department of Global 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 2007 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awardees, visit http://www.sph.emory.edu/AWARDS/.