Written by Emily Bonoyer
The award recognizes members of the campus and local community whose actions demonstrate distinguished service in promoting King's ideals to further the goals of diversity and social equality. Awards will be given to a member of the community; a member of the Eastern faculty/staff; and to an Eastern student.
The awards acknowledge distinguished service in one or more of three categories: activities that represent a commitment to the goals of an integrated society, including activities beyond one's work obligations; leadership in a program serving the needs of a diverse community, with efforts reflecting an attempt to unify groups and or to increase sensitivity; and planning and implementation of programs to broaden representation of underrepresented groups as students and employees.
Star Parker, a prominent author and columnist who serves as a commentator and analyst on major television and radio programs across the country, including CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News, will be the guest speaker. Parker debated Jesse Jackson on BET; fought for school choice on Larry King Live; and defended welfare reform on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also the author of "Uncle Sam's