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Bloomington Mayor calls for nominations for Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow, presents MLK Legacy Award

Jan. 31, 2013

At the City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Jan. 21, Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan called for nominations for the Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow awards, which will be presented in February at the City’s Black History Month Gala.

These awards were created by the Commission on the Status of Black Males to recognize contributions by young black men and encourage the development of future leaders in two categories: high schoolers and adults up to age 30. 

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 12. They will be accepted online. For more information, contact Craig Brenner, the Department of Community and Family Resources’ special projects coordinator, at 349-3471.

Legacy Award

At the Jan. 21 event, Kruzan presented the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award to the IU Office of Diversity Education. Created by the city’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, the award recognizes a group or individual for making significant contributions in race relations, justice and human rights. 

Eric Love

Eric Love

"I am pleased to present the Legacy Award to an organization that works year-round to promote understanding on the IU Bloomington campus and throughout the community,” Kruzan said.

“Though its target audience is primarily students, the office is a great community partner and always welcomes members from the larger community in its activities."

Eric Love, director of the Office of Diversity Education, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

Kruzan also presented a Legacy Award to Carlotta Walls LaNier, a member of the Little Rock Nine and the keynote speaker for this year’s celebration.

For the past decade, the Office of Diversity Education has coordinated the Unity Summit on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, an event at which several hundred students address issues of diversity, discrimination and advocacy in small-group, facilitated discussions.

In 2012, the Office of Diversity Education also partnered with the City on “The Violence of Silence,” a forum on domestic violence.

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