Award Information

2017 Criteria and Nomination Forms

MLK Young Dreamers 2017 Criteria [pdf]

Nominating Form 2017 [pdf]

The Young Dreamers Award is given to one male and one female citizen of Winston-Salem between the ages of 18 and 40 who have made a tangible difference in the lives of others who may have otherwise been overlooked, ignored, or disadvantaged. Specific examples of activities include fostering positive race relations, vocalizing or acting against an injustice, leading inclusiveness among individuals, embracing those who are perceived as different, and celebrating religious diversity.

The Human Relations Commission and Department would again like to thank you in advance for taking the time to submit a nomination.


Wanda Allen-Abraha, JD
Human Relations Department Director

 2016 Awardees Douglas Richburg and Michelle Martinez 

MLK 2016 Young Dreamer Awardee Bios

To Local Community Partners:

Each year, the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission awards one male and one female the Martin Luther King, Jr. Young Dreamer Award in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Awardees are recognized at a Winston-Salem City Council meeting and given an honorary plaque.

I invite you to submit deserving individuals’ names for consideration by December 2, 2016. Individuals and organizations submit nominations for those they believe exhibit the principles of Dr. King, including social justice, community harmony, and fairness. Nominees can be of any background and work for equality and justice for any group of society.

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