MLK Awards

The Office of Government Relations is pleased to announce that we have opened the nominations for the 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. The Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals from within the University and the surrounding community who exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The award will be presented to the recipient(s) at the Martin Luther King, Jr. President’s Luncheon on Monday, January 21, 2019.

The criteria for the selection of recipient(s) of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award include:

  • A faculty or staff member within the University community or an individual of the broader community.
  • A person who exemplifies the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., specifically in the areas of advocacy, leadership and service.
  • A person who has made a significant contribution to the University and/or broader community.

Completed nomination materials must include an award application, a letter of nomination, at least two letters of support, and the resume/CV of the nominee. All materials must be received by Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. to the EMU Office of Government Relations (207 Welch Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197) or via e-mail at

Only completed nominations will be considered. Late nominations will not be accepted. For a list of previous MLK Humanitarian Award winners, click here. For more details about the Humanitarian Award or any of the other awards that will be presented during EMU’s MLK Celebration, please see the official EMU MLK website at


The President’s 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon will be on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Student Center Grand Ballroom. Following the luncheon each year is a keynote address that takes place at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. We are very excited to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Keith Boykin, CNN political commentator, New York Times best-selling author, and former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. We look forward to acknowledging and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the luncheon. This year’s theme – “We The People: Standing Against Injustice” – underscores the need to address social injustices in an honest and thought-provoking way. This year’s luncheon will highlight civic engagement, and raise funds to support student scholarships as well as diversity, equity and inclusion programming at EMU. For more information about the President’s Luncheon, please see the official EMU MLK website at

EMU Choir in Rotunda

The EMU Choir sang in the Capitol's Rotunda during the 2018 EMU Day in Lansing Luncheon.

EMU Day in Lansing - March 19, 2019

Each spring, the Government Relations Office hosts EMU Day in Lansing, where groups of EMU faculty, staff, students, and alumni meet with state legislators regarding pressing issues of the state and EMU. Last year, 47 meetings took place with state legislators and their staffs, and 62 Eastern Michigan students, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteered for the day. If you're interested in participating in the next EMU Day in Lansing on Tuesday, March 19, please email the Government Relations Office at

MLK 2018 Humanitarian Award

2018 MLK Humanitarian Award Winners

Rep. Ronnie Peterson, EMU President James Smith, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton

On Monday, January 15th, EMU hosted its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. President's Luncheon. At this event, EMU recognized and awarded two recipients for the MLK Humanitarian Award. These two active members of our community exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and make significant contributions to both the University and the community.

The awards were given to Representative Ronnie D. Peterson and Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton, as pictured with President Smith.

Click here to view a list of all the previous Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award winners.

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