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Posted on Mon, Dec 26, 2011 : 1:57 p.m.

EMU seeking nominees for 2012 MLK Humanitarian Awards

By Staff

Eastern Michigan University is seeking nominees for its 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards.

Applications for the awards are due Jan. 3, and the awards will be presented during the MLK President's Luncheon Jan. 16, according to a news release.

These awards recognize individuals from within the university and surrounding community who exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are two categories for the awards: non-students and students.


  • Nominees should exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. King, specifically in the areas of leadership and service.
  • These nominees must be members of the University community or of the broader community and have made a significant impact.
  • For questions and application requirements and procedures, please contact Lee Greden at


  • Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to promoting respect and improving the quality of life for all people.
  • Student awards are made possible through an endowment, with two awards offered at $1000 and $750.
  • Applications require an essay, a letter of support from Eastern faculty or staff, and a completed application form.
  • Application forms are available from various offices throughout campus, including the Office of Financial Aid, the Center for Multicultural Affairs, Student Government, Campus Life, and the Office of the Provost.


Natalie Kellogg

Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 3:52 p.m.

I would like to nominate Vincent York, Director and originator of the Jazz'istry venue. He and his colleagues are very deserving and also make for a very entertaining acceptance speech / show. Natalie


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 3:53 a.m.

Kwame Kilpatrick. He got a standing O for just showing up at EMU.


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 12:46 a.m.

I would hope that someone considers nominating Eric Jackson, an EMU alumnus who was a Human Rights Party activist that served two terms on the Ypsilanti City Council in the 1970s. After serving on City Council, he attended Detroit College of Law and served on its law review. During the 1990s, he filed a lawsuit that sought to compel a foundation financially linked to EMU to turn over records under the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act. That case resulted in a landmark Michiagn Court of Appeals opinion that broadened the rights of the public to gain access to documents relating to the public interest. While serving as an Ypsilanti Democratic Party ward chairman in April of 1989, he spearheaded the picketing against the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award dinner in Ypsilanti, resulting in over 160 persons demonstrating in favor of Palestinian human rights; the incident received widespread publicity and was reported in the Jerusalem Post. He later purchased the Panama News and became its publisher - becoming that nation's most trusted English language newspaper. he later authored Nine Degrees North - a book on the history of Panamanian culture. Eric Jackson represents the championing of civil rights much as MLK did; his efforts should be honored.