Penn State Intercom......October 31, 2002

Nominations sought for
Humanitarian Service Award

The Forum on Black Affairs (FOBA) is seeking nominations for its 2003 Humanitarian Service Award, to be presented at the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet, Wednesday, Jan. 15, in President's Hall at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This award was created in 1985 to honor a person who has provided outstanding service to African-American citizens of Pennsylvania, especially at Penn State and in the Centre County region. Such service includes leadership of offices, program or organizations that develop or implement policies impacting African-Americans.

To nominate a candidate, submit a letter of not more than two pages in length that describes the nominee's credentials and qualifications for the award, and attach any relevant supporting materials such as newspapers or magazine articles. Nominations must be sent no later than Dec. 13 to: W. Terrell Jones, vice provost for Educational Equity, 314 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802. For information, call (814) 865-5906.

This year's banquet theme, "We Won't Stop Here ... Continuing King's Dream," is drawn from King's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech that he delivered in support of the striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968 -- the day before he was assassinated. Featured presentations will include readings, music and theatrical performances related to King's speech, as well as the presentation of the Sterling Brown Memorial Scholarship, named for the professor, scholar and poet who had an impact on the lives of many of today's scholars and poets.

Tickets are available at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center in the HUB-Robeson Center or by contacting Mike Phillips at (814) 863-1411, on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets cannot be purchased by phone. The cost is $25 for adults, $12 for children age 12 and under, and $300 for a reserved table of 10. Organizers expect this event to sell out quickly, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased early. A portion of the table costs will go toward the FOBA Scholarship Fund.

For additional banquet information, contact Patricia Hayes at (814) 863-9940 or pgh1@psu.edu; or Gary Abdullah at (814) 863-2708 or gxa2@psu.edu.

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