Bloomington’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commission seeks nominees for Legacy Award

BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission is seeking nominations for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award.

The award recognizes and affirms those who have made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice, and human rights and is presented annually at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration in January.  

Nominations must be made online by November 30. Nominees should be Monroe County residents, businesses, or advocacy groups of at least one year, and must have been involved in making tangible and meaningful contributions to the improvement of community conditions and the advancement of race relations, racial justice, or human rights causes.

Recent winners of the Legacy Award include Jeanetta Nelms, Marvin Q. Jones, David Hummons, Bloomington United, Nicole Griffin, the Indiana University Office of Diversity Education, the Rev. E. D. Butler, the Banneker History Project, Elizabeth Mitchell, the Monroe County Racial Justice Task Force, and Guy and Connie Loftman.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission seeks to promote and celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and promote the acceptance of diversity in the community. The commission sponsors events and programs to commemorate the annual federal holiday including a volunteer service day initiative “A Day ON! Not a Day Off,” the “40 Days of Peace” Pledge,  the King Legacy Award, and the annual community-wide King Birthday Celebration. The Commission also sponsors events throughout the year that promote justice, racial harmony, and equal opportunity.

For more information, please contact Special Projects Coordinator Michael Shermis at or 812-349-3471.