The 31st Annual MLK Convocation will be held in January 2014. There will be more details to come. For more information about the 31st annual MLK Convocation or to find out more about all programs,contact Intercultural Relations at 404-413-1580 or email Tonya Cook.
The 10th Annual MLK Commemorative Series will be held in January 2014. There will be more details to come.
For any questions or comments about all programs and events occurring during the 10th Annual MLK Commemorative Series, contact Intercultural Relations at 404-413-1580 or e-mail Tonya Cook.
Torch of Peace Award
In 1998, during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation, Sampson Zewde entered and presented the Torch of Peace to Georgia State University President, Carl Patton. Zewde was born in Ethiopia and was forced to join the military at the age of 14. Seeing violence firsthand from both sides, he was determined to do something to spread the word about peace.
While on a world bike tour for peace, Mr. Zewde traveled over 34,000 miles and presented torches to advocate for peace along the way. He visited numerous U.S. cities including: Chicago, Washington, Oakland, Los Angeles, Seattle and Atlanta. Recipients of the original torch include: former United Nations Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Mrs. Winnie Mandela, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ted Turner, and Carl Patton.
Inspired by Mr. Zewde, the University established the Torch of Peace awards to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. The Torch of Peace awards honor GSU student, staff, faculty, alumni, and student organizations who continue to keep Dr. King’s dream alive. Award winners are committed to the teachings of Dr. King and strive to create a more tolerant, accepting, and socially just world.
Call for nominations about the 2014 MLK Torch of Peace Awards are forthcoming.
To honor the life and legacy of Hosea Williams, Tonya Cook conceived the idea of creating the Hosea Williams Awards for community activism in 2003. Each year during the MLK Convocation, the Hosea Williams Awards honor one individual and one organization that demonstrate a passion for giving back to the community. Award winners are purposeful risk takers who are courageous in their mission to make the world they live a better place.
Call for nominations about the 2014 Hosea Williams Award for Community Activism are forthcoming.