The winners of the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Dinner in Anne Arundel County include several local philanthropists and a state senator.
The dinner was held Friday at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie, and is reportedly the largest celebration of King in Anne Arundel County.
The keynote speaker for the event was Civil Rights Activist, Shirley Sherrod, a former USDA official who was fired in 2010 by the Obama administration for allegedly making racist remarks. It was later revealed her remarks had been edited. She was then issued an apology by White House officials.
Awardees for this year’s event include:
Senator Barbara A. Mikulskireceived the Morris H. Blum Humanitarian Award for her work as a former social worker and now a U.S. senator
Gerald Stansbury received the Maryland Citizen's Health Initiative's Courageous Leadership Award for his work in lobbying for three key pieces of legislation, including the Marriage Equality Act, the Dream Act and the repeal of Maryland’s Death Penalty.
Larry White, Sr. received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keepers Award for his efforts to assist youth in learning history.
Marc L. Apter received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award for his pro bono campaign in support of the Civil Rights Food Soldiers Memorial in Annapolis this year.
Dr. Oscar Barton, Jr. received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award for his academic achievements at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Antonio Downing, received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award for his contributions to the Anne Arundel County chapter of the NAACP
Sylvia Rogers Greene received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award for her work in the Anne Arundel County chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
Kathy Koch received the Anne Arundel County Chapter of Peace Action's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Peace Maker Award for her work in spearheading efforts to provide more affordable housing for low-income citizens in Anne Arundel County.
Julie C. Snyder received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We Share the Dream Award for her leadership at the Community Action agency.
Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County was given the YWCA’s Coretta Scott King Award for its numerous philanthropic grants to organizations across the county.
Congratulations to all recipients!