Nominations for county MLK Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year due by December 14

County Honors Residents Who Embody the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do you know someone whose work and presence in the community exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?  Now is the time to submit your candidates for consideration as the Contra Costa County Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year.  The deadline to have your candidate considered has been extended.  County residents are encouraged to submit online nominations of community and student leaders no later than midnight on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Each January, the Board of Supervisors recognizes a community member as well as a student leader whose dedication to others embodies the essence and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those selected as winners will be presented with their awards during the County’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ceremony on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  The public is invited to the ceremony and commemoration, which takes place in the Board of Supervisors Chamber at 651 Pine Street in Martinez.  The event begins at 11:00 a.m., followed by a complimentary buffet lunch.  Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Diana Becton will be the keynote speaker, speaking on the concept of civil rights work that still needs to be done in our country.

The 2016 Humanitarian of the Year was Terri Porter, known for advocacy on behalf of underserved youth.  The student pick was Davis Bullock, then a senior at Cal High, who not only battled cancer himself, but took on the cause of helping others also fighting the disease.  We encourage you to share the stories of those in your community who have inspired you, and whose efforts embody the legacy of Dr. King.

For more information, a look back at previous celebration videos or to submit a nomination, visit the County’s website at

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