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Nominations Sought for the 27th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award

November 28, 2012
County Executive

Madison –Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi seek nominations for the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award.  The City and the County both have long histories of honoring deserving individuals who demonstrate leadership and commitment to promoting peace between diverse populations.


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” said Dr. King.  Each of the Humanitarian Award winners--past and present--embodies that message. Two Humanitarian Awards will be presented:  Young Leaders (ages 13-19) and Humanitarians (ages 20 and above). The nomination deadline is December 21, 2012 by 4:30 pm.


“As 2012 comes to a close, it is critical to honor our heroes of peace and humanity.” said County Executive Joe Parisi. “This important award is a tribute to those around us who through their words and actions, follow in the footsteps of Dr. King.”


Nominees should have demonstrated leadership while making significant contributions to increasing communication and peace among our communities.  Nomination application and criteria is attached.  You may also access online applications and nominee criteria at: or


“Mayor Paul Soglin stated, “Madison is a wonderful community where people from all walks of life are ready to reach out and assist those in need.  It is great that we have these awards to recognize those people while honoring the legacy of Dr. King.”


The City and County will present the awards at the 27th Annual City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance on Monday, January 21st, at the Overture Center Capital Theater, 201 State Street, Madison.  The program begins at 6:00 p.m.