Dartmouth, MA— University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack announced that the University is presenting its first “Drum Major Award” to memorialize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Drum Major Award will honor individuals who have made significant contributions toward realizing Dr. King’s dream of equality, social justice, and peace. In one of his more famous sermons, Dr. King said, “…say that I was a drum major for justice…for peace…for righteousness.”
The Drum Major Award will be presented at the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast on January 30, 2004. It was created by the University to acknowledge the contributions of both campus and community leaders who work diligently to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.
UMass Dartmouth is actively seeking nominations from the community for the newly created Drum Major Award. “I know that it is often difficult to take time out of our busy schedules to complete forms,” said Chancellor MacCormack, “and many people may even think that an individual is so well known that surely someone else will nominate him or her. But, I do want to encourage everyone in the community to make a nomination as a way to recognize individuals who work diligently in the areas that were so important to Dr. King.”
Nominees for the Drum Major Award should have demonstrated significant or compelling accomplishments in one or several of the following areas:
- Promotion and advancement of mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity
- Promotion and advancement of the recruitment, hiring, and/or admission to professional organizations of underrepresented ethnic groups
- Promotion and advancement of the retention and career mentoring of underrepresented ethnic groups
- Assistance in ensuring equal opportunity and career advancement options for underrepresented ethnic groups
- Encouraging the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in public service, campus committees, activities, or events
- Design and implementation of curricula materials and/or courses that inspire mutual respect, understanding, and sensitivity for persons of diverse backgrounds.
This award, which will be given annually commencing in 2004, was announced at the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in January of this year. The breakfast provides an opportunity for the community to focus on the visions and ideals of Dr. King and to share those values with each other. “In these times of escalating violence and intolerance, it is more important than ever that we keep Dr. King’s dreams of equality and social justice at the forefront of our society,” added Assistant Chancellor George Smith.
Nominations from the community must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 14, 2003. To obtain a nomination form, visit www.umassd.edu/eeo/mlk_breakfast/mlk_breakfast.cfm or contact Assistant Chancellor George Smith at 508-999-8008.