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Accepting Nominations for the 2021 Salem State University Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award

Keep On, Keeping On: From Struggle Comes Strength

The Salem State University Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award is given annually to a Salem State student, alumna/us, faculty member, staff member, or administrator for their outstanding and significant contributions to the cause of social justice, peace, and equality.

Nominate someone you believe deserves this award before the January 6, 2021 deadline, and learn more about the nomination criteria below.

Nomination Criteria

The recipient’s actions and behaviors in working either on or off-campus for the betterment of the community should be in a manner consistent with the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These contributions can include the areas of education, diversity, race relations, social justice, or economic empowerment. Written nominations must explicitly address how the nominee has visibly demonstrated:

  • Courage and conviction in valuing differences
  • Commitment to “seeing beyond borders” by building inclusions
  • Acceptance of challenge and risk in achieving goals for the greater good
  • Compassion for humanity

Information for the nominees

The 31st MLK, Jr. Celebration in 2021 marks the first celebration week in which those nominated will be informed and have the opportunity to detail their own work and contributions to be considered for the award. The Salem State community is encouraged to nominate any person they see fit for the award. Any SSU community member is also welcome to self-nominate.

Those nominated will be notified by January 7, 2021. They will be sent a form to fill out, in which they can detail how they have demonstrated leadership, community service/experiences, how they value and embody this year's theme of "Keep On, Keeping On: From Struggle Comes Strength," as well as naming their own accolades and achievements to be considered for the award.

Announcing the Salem State University Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award winners

The Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month 2021 Collaborative Committee will review the forms and deliberate before announcing and recognizing the winners in the categories of student, staff, faculty, and alumna/us at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation and Keynote on Friday, January 22, 2021.

Explore the updated MLK, Jr. Celebration event lineup.


These events are coordinated by 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Black History Month Collaborative, which includes representatives of and/or co-sponsorship by the African Student Union (ASU), Alumni Association, Black Employee Resource Group (BERG), Center for Academic Excellence, Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Creative and Performing Arts, Charlotte Forten Group, First Year Experience, HESA Program, Inclusive Excellence Office, Institutional Advancement, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy and Diversity) Office, President's Office, Residence Life, Salem’s No Place for Hate Committee, School of Social Work.

Nikki Pelonia
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