Is there a dynamic person in your community who is hard at work for humanitarian efforts and social change in the state of West Virginia?

If so, the West Virginia University Center for Black Culture and Research wants to hear from you. Statewide applications are now being accepted for West Virginia University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.

The nominee, who best exemplifies Dr. King’s ongoing mission, will be recognized at the Center for Black Culture and Research’s Unity Breakfast on Jan. 18, 2010 at 8 a.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

Nominees must be residents of West Virginia and must have, or be making a substantial contribution in the advancement of such concerns as: civil rights, human rights, humanitarianism, social action and advocacy, civility, improving the human condition, acting as a change agent for an inclusive and equal society for all people, among others.

“This award is a wonderful way to recognize those individuals who continue to keep Dr. King’s dream alive,” said Marjorie Fuller, director of the Center for Black Culture and Research. “This will be the 20th anniversary of the Unity Breakfast on campus. The achievement award is especially important this year to show that both the legacy and the spirit of King continues in West Virginia today – embodied in the good works of the great people of this state.”

Past winners include longtime WVU student advocate Mr. Horace Belmear; former Freedom Rider Joan Browning; local musician and community organizer Al Anderson; and the late Dr. Robert Stitzel, who was well known for his public health advocacy at WVU and across the state.

The award will be given during WVU’s annual Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast, the traditional opening to a host of events on campus and across the Morgantown community honoring King’s life and times for the holiday.

Nominations are being accepted up until 4 p.m. on Nov. 30. The form may be downloaded online at The mailing address is WVU Center for Black Culture and Research, 590 Spruce St., P.O. Box 6417, Morgantown, WV 26506-6417.

For more information, contact Todd McFadden at or 304-293-7029, ext. 110.

2010 Martin Luther King Scholarship
Each year the WVU Center for Black Culture & Research awards this scholarship of $1000 to a qualified and deserving WVU student. Nominations will also be accepted up until 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

The Martin Luther King Programs Committee, comprised of WVU faculty and staff, as well as local residents of the Morgantown community will review each application and decide on a recipient for the 2010-2011 academic year. The scholarship will be presented to the awardee at the annual Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast at 8 a.m. Monday, January 18, 2010.

For information on how to apply, go to



CONTACT: Todd McFadden, Center for Black Culture and Research
304-293-7029, ext. 110;