• Students and staff on stage with awards











    The 2022 ONE DREAM Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. January 20 at the Lied Center of Kansas. The Gallery opens at 5:30 p.m. Masks required and social distancing observed. We look forward to honoring students, staff, and community members with the MLK Heart of Service, Character, Dreamer's, and Champion of Equity Awards.


    MLK Heart of Service Award - Presented to student, staff, and community members and/or groups making a significant impact on the community through volunteering and/or going above and beyond job responsibilities. Criteria include: Consistent and current service within the last 12 months; Displays humility, integrity, commitment, and courage; Significant impact on nominator; Significant impact on those served; Work done in the spirit of Dr. King's legacy.

    MLK Character Award - Presented to students (Pre-K, elementary, middle school, and high school) who demonstrate character through the maintenance of integrity and the balance of respect and responsibility. Criteria include acceptance, citizenship, compassion, courage, humility, integrity, perseverance, positive influence, respect, and responsibility.

    MLK Dreamer's Award - Presented to a student and an adult who have courage to envision change and encourage change among friends, family, and community. Criteria include commitment to their dream, displays vision, inspiration to others, unique talent or effort that effects change, and working to improve the world around them.

    MLK Champion of Equity Award - Presented to students, staff and community members for their compassionate and courageous efforts to create a diverse community and to bring about systemic change aimed at promoting justice and equity. Criteria include compassion, courage, culturally relevant teaching, equity leader, and persistence.


    Congratulations to Previous MLK Award Finalists, and Recipients*!

    MLK Heart of Service Award 


    *Samantha Saltz, New York Elementary teacher

    Demetrius Kemp, Free State High security officer

    Dianne Thomas, Deerfield/Woodlawn nurse


    MLK Character Awards


    2021 *Jakobe Davis, Woodlawn Elementary student


    High School:

    2021 *Ja'Kiyia Carson, Free State High student


    MLK Dreamer's Awards


    2021 *Yahaira Dominguez, Lawrence High student



    2021 *Rosina Aguirre, Lawrence High teacher
    Alex Kimball-Williams, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health
    Ednice Metz, Free State High mental health professional


    MLK Champion of Equity Award


    2021 *Hamza Asuku, Lawrence High student


    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.