UMD DRUM MAJOR AWARD to benefit Wilder Fund And Summer Basketball League

Dartmouth, MA As part of the second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast scheduled for Friday, January 30, 2004, at the University's Campus Center, two area charities will receive $1,000 donations in the name of this year's Drum Major Award recipients Lee Charlton and Ross Grace, Jr. The Drum Major Award was created by the University to acknowledge the contributions of both campus and community leaders who work diligently to advance mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity.

Dartmouth, MA As part of the second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast scheduled for Friday, January 30, 2004, at the University’s Campus Center, two area charities will receive $1,000 donations in the name of this year’s Drum Major Award recipients Lee Charlton and Ross Grace, Jr. The Drum Major Award was created by the University to acknowledge the contributions of both campus and community leaders who work diligently to advance mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity. 

Mr. Charlton, President of the NAACP, will donate his $1,000 award to the Carolyn Wilder Emergency Assistance Fund. This fund was established to assist students who have exhausted all other resources to stay in college. Since its inception in 1996 this fund has helped 32 students attend college. 

Mr. Grace, the Assistant Director of the University’s Frederick Douglass Unity House, will donate his $1,000 award to the West End's New Bedford Summer Basketball League. The Frederick Douglass Unity House provides an on-campus environment that nourishes the special academic, cultural, informational, social and communal needs of students, faculty, and staff of color. The summer basketball league involves and benefits hundreds of youths and young adults in the west end neighborhoods of New Bedford. 

“In selecting Lee Charlton and Ross Grace, the University is recognizing two individuals for whom the labels leader, advocate, mentor, volunteer and role model all apply,” said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. “They personify by their actions the values that Dr. King held so dear. It’s a pleasure for the University to contribute $1,000 to both the Carolyn Wilder Emergency Assistance Fund and the West End's New Bedford Summer Basketball league on their behalf.” 

Last fall, UMass Dartmouth sought nominations from the community for the newly created Drum Major Award. Nominees for the Drum Major Award demonstrated significant or compelling accomplishments consistent with Dr. King’s dream of equality, social justice, and peace. 

Lee Charlton was nominated by John Bullard, President of the Sea Education Association, and Harry Kummer, Executive Board Member of the NAACP of New Bedford. UMass Dartmouth student Senator Maritsa Barros, President of the Cape Verdean Student Association, nominated Ross Grace. 

“Every year, UMass Dartmouth wants to keep Dr. King’s dream alive by recognizing community and campus leaders at the Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast. As a growing public university that supports diversity, UMass Dartmouth has the unique opportunity to make dreams come true for thousands of students through the transformational power of education,” said Assistant Chancellor George Smith. “This University embraces that value as a legacy to Dr. King.” 

Tickets for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast are available until January 29th and can be obtained by contacting Dr. George Smith at 508-999-8008. 


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