Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Presented

January 25, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership and Diversity Awards were presented at the University of Mount Union on Thursday to three individuals who exemplify the character and life of King.

The MLK Awards are awarded based on the following:

  • Promoting racial harmony
  • Advocating for social justice
  • Collaborating with groups, offices, churches and/or organizations
  • Demonstrating sustained commitment to diversity and
  • Fostering inclusiveness and an appreciation of differences

The following are this year’s award recipients:

Student Award
Lillian Evans, an early childhood education major of Copley, Ohio, received the student award for her ability to promote racial harmony.

Evans is president of Student Senate, a member of the Black Student Union, Raider Programming Board, First Year Experience, Preview and Orientation and was nominated for the award by Michelle Gaffney, associate dean of students at Mount Union.

Gaffney shared that Evans is known by many because of her infectious personality and leadership abilities. She works to bring students of different backgrounds together through the events and organizations she is a part of.

Faculty and Staff Award
Renee Young, student account clerk at Mount Union, received the faculty and staff award. In her nomination letter, Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and Dean of the University, stated that Young goes beyond her call of duty and often shows her appreciation of differences within her students.

Draves also shared, “Her actions embody the MLK award spirit,” noting that Young sets her time aside to not only work with her students, but to mentor them as well.

Community Award
Gil Goodwin, outreach pastor at Alliance Friends Church, was presented with the community award.

Alliance Municipal Court Judge Robert Lavery, his nominator, stated that Goodwin “creates harmony within the community.” He has been involved with outreach ministries, sports ministry, accountability groups and various other events and groups within the community. He has been able to bring groups together in a non-violent way much like Martin Luther King Jr.

Senior Pastor Rick Sams, Goodwin’s co-worker at Alliance Friends Church, also nominated Goodwin. He shared that Goodwin does and lives the things that MLK stood for. 

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