Almost four decades have passed since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., but his dream didnt die with him.

And West Virginia University is looking for that Mountain State resident who best embodies that ongoing missionthat person who today best articulates the ideals of the slain civil rights leader.

WVU s Center for Black Culture is accepting statewide nominations for its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, which will be presented Jan. 15 on the day of the national holiday that bears his name.

The award is open to any West Virginia resident known for working with humanitarian causes. The selection will be made by the Dr. Martin Luther King Programs Committee, which consists of WVU employees, Morgantown city leaders and others from the community and region.

Were talking about those people who exemplify the courageous and humanitarian legacies of Dr. King,said Todd McFadden, CBC associate director.

It could be through a single courageous act or standing on behalf of the needy,he said.Or it might be a pattern of good works to better the community and the worldsomeone who brings an aspect of �€~the dreamto the waking world.

Past winners include WVU public health educators Lourdes Cottingham and Dr. Ann Chester, former freedom rider Joan Browning, and local musician and community organizer Al Anderson.

The award will be given during WVU s annual Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast, one of several events on campus and across the Morgantown community honoring Kings life.

Nominations are being accepted through Dec. 5. The form may be downloaded athttp://www.wvu.edu/~cbcr/mlk3.html. The mailing address is: WVU Center for Black Culture, 590 Spruce St., P.O. Box 6417, Morgantown, WV 26506 -6417.

For more information, contact McFadden at 304-293-7029 ext. 110. He can also be reached by e-mail at todd.mcfadden@mail.wvu.edu