Each year, the organizations recognize individuals who demonstrate Dr. King’s spirit and legacy through their dedication and contributions to our community.
This year’s theme – Activism in Healthcare – celebrates those who embody the Dr. King quote:
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“While we are disappointed that we cannot gather in person with our community friends and neighbors to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, we still felt it was important to honor those who have served our community, especially during this challenging time,” said Christie Kuhns, vice president of Community Relations for UC Health.
The 2021 MLK Humanitarian Award recipients are:
- Dr. Amy Acton, Vice President of Human: Kind, The Columbus Foundation; Former State of Ohio Health Director
- Jiahao Guo, Founder & Executive Director of the Coronavirus Relief Project
- Renee Mahaffey Harris, President & CEO, The Health Gap
Special Recognition Award recipients include Jarelle Marshall, the first participant in UC and UC Health’s Moderna phase 3 vaccine trial; and Alandes Powell, the visionary community leader who led the creation of Cincinnati’s Black Lives Matter mural.
One video will be shared each week highlighting the award winners through mid-February.