*April 4, 2016 marks the 48th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr. Dr. King’s dream was not just of racial justice and equality but of making poor communities whole and that meant giving individuals hope to overcome violence, racial abuse, lack of jobs, skills, and drug and alcohol addiction.
But most importantly that means giving individuals the means to lift themselves up. Dr. King and his wife Coretta Scott King lived, fought and died to make that dream a reality.
Both were also deeply committed to encouraging youth to carry on the mantel of the freedom and justice and the ongoing struggle to empower minority and underserved communities.
Forty-eight years later that goal is still very much a goal to be fought for and achieved. In that spirit, the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable will award its first Spirit of the Kings Youth Award. The award will honor young persons who in word and deed are following in the path of the Kings and are working to promote justice and empowerment in their communities.
They will receive the prized Bronze Medal of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to and minted in honor of Coretta and Dr. King. Each recipient will also receive the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable’s cash Impact Micro Award.
The goal is to empower young persons to develop their own voices, increase their self-esteem, foster healthy relationships, and further promote activism around justice and equality in their communities.
In October in memory and commemoration of the passing of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in October, 2005, the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable will award the Spirit of Rosa Parks Youth Award. The award as the Spirit of the Kings Youth Award will go to selected youth who are working in their communities to achieve justice and empowerment in the spirt of Rosa Parks.
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