Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration and Awards
The Cities of Champaign and Urbana, Champaign County, Parkland College, and the University of Illinois are accepting nominations year round for the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration. Members of the community are invited to nominate candidates (individuals or organizations) for the annual awards. This celebration is held in January on the Friday preceeding the U.S. observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. To nominate an individual or organization for the 2018 celebration, please go to the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration webpage at: cc-mlk.org
Individuals and Organizations can be nominated for the following awards:
• James R. Burgess, Jr. – Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award: honors the humanitarian efforts of individuals/organizations that improve the human condition by alleviating suffering and contributing to the basic human dignity of those in need;
• Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award: honors individuals/organizations that engage in outstanding volunteerism and in so doing, contribute to the well-being of the Champaign County Community;
• The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award: honors individuals/organizations that work for social justice in the spirit of Dr. King. The principles of justice that Dr. King espoused include promoting equal rights for all persons regardless of race, religion, economic status, or physical or mental disability.
2018 MLK Countywide Celebration – 1/12/2018
The next MLK Countywide Celebration will be January 12, 2018. This annual event is always free and open to the public and features a presentation of awards and a keynote speaker. Details on next year’s event will be posted here when available.
2017 MLK Countywide Celebration Recap
The Cities of Champaign and Urbana, the Champaign County Board, Parkland College, and the University of Illinois celebrated the legacy of Dr. King at the 16th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration held at Parkland College on January 13, 2017.
2017 Award Recipients
- Lucia Maldonado – James R. Burgess, Jr. – Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award
- Stone Creek Church – Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award
- Dr. Ellis Drive 6 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award
Watch the 2017 MLK Countywide Celebration Video
Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration
The Cities of Champaign and Urbana along with the CU Immigration Forum are proud to co-sponsor the Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration. This event is held in conjunction with Welcoming Week, a national week of events that brings both immigrants and U.S.-born residents together in a spirit of unity and raises awareness of the benefits of fostering an inclusive society. In 2017, the Cities merged the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards (CUIHA) with the Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony, as a new collaborative way to celebrate the accomplishments of local residents and organizations who are positively impacting lives both here and around the world.
Call for Nominations – Now Open
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Immigrant Welcome Awards. The nomination deadline is September 1, 2017. A Committee will review the nominations and select winners who will be recognized at the Immigrant Welcome Awards Ceremony on September 23, 2017. The Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony recognizes individuals and groups in six categories: Humanitarian Relief, Human Rights, Distinguished Leadership Service, Student Leadership, Community Impact, and Business Leadership. Submit a Nomination
2017 Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration
The 2017 Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Muslim American Society Center (2011 Brownfield Rd, Urbana). This event is free and open to the public. Participants can expect food and fun for the whole family as our community comes together to celebrate individuals and organizations that contributed to international humanitarian and human rights efforts or created a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants in Champaign County. For more information about the event, including past award recipients, visit the C-U Immigration Forum’s website.
Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards
Honor. Celebrate. Educate.
The Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards (CUIHA) recognizes the achievements of Champaign County’s international commitment to agriculture, hospitality, humanitarian relief, human rights, research/education, trade and business.
The purpose of the International Humanitarian Award is:
- To honor individuals whose work has contributed significantly to international understanding, cooperation, friendship and development;
- To recognize the richness of Champaign County’s international contributions, concerns and commitments in the following categories: agriculture, hospitality, humanitarian relief, human rights, research/education and trade and business; and
- To educate the public about the connections which exist between our local community and the global community.
2016 Award Recipients
- Dr. Omar Al-Heeti ~ Humanitarian Relief Award
- DoMonique Arnold ~ Human Rights Award
- Leanna Cossman ~ Humanitarian Relief Award
- Mi Raza Community Center ~ Hospitality Award
- Walking With Angels ~ Research and Education Award
Watch the 2016 CUIHA Ceremony Video