The MLK Jr. Leadership Awards are given annually to students, alumni, staff, groups and faculty who embody the spirit of Dr. King’s work. “Service to the community” is defined in the broadest sense and includes academic, research, religious, and secular contributions in which integrity, leadership, creativity, and positive outcome are apparent.

Nominate a community member for a 2017 MLK Jr. Leadership Award here by December 9.  

You can also review some tips for writing a nomination.

Wes HarrisProfessor Wesley L. Harris is the recipient of the 40th MLK Jr. Celebration Lifetime Achievement award. This is a special award given only during decennial celebrations to acknowledge a community member who has given in dedicated service to the MIT Community. Dr. Harris has been a MIT professor at many different points in his career. He first served as professor from 1972-79 and then again from 1996 until present. He was also the very first Director of MIT’s Office of Minority Education from 1975 to 1978. Dr. Harris served as Head of Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Housemaster for New House Residence Hall, and most recently as the Associate Provost for Faculty Equity. He is honored for his ongoing commitment to ensuring that all students achieve academically at MIT and for his work on increasing diversity efforts for faculty.

2016  [video, news]

Ethan Zuckerman
Barbara A. Johnson
Rasheed Auguste ’17
George Chao ‘G
La-Tarri M. Canty
Fossil Free MIT
MIT Black Graduate Student Union

2015 [video, news]

Michel DeGraff
Adriane Brown SM ’91
Abigail Francis
Kelvin Frazier
Alyssa Napier
Judith Stein

2014 [news]

Sally Haslanger
Atif Javed
Michael Owu
The Hispanic/Latino Network at Lincoln Laboratories
Wesley Harris (lifetime achievement award)

2013

Colin “Topper” Carew
Bomy Lee Chung
Priscilla Gray
Jocelyn O. Joseph, M.D.
Uddhav Sharma
WMBR

2012

Edmund Bertschinger
Arnold Henderson
Julia Jaskolska
Alyce Johnson
Cato Laurencin The MIT-Wellesley Upward Bound Program

2011 [news]

Cheryl Charles
Weslee Glenn
Deborah Hodges-Pabon The MITES Program

2010

Melvin King
Michael Johnson
Benjamin Mensah
Aisha Naima Walcott

2009 [news]

Barry Reckley
Deborah Liverman
Christine Ortiz
John Essigmann
Jason Forte
Aisha Bobb-Semple

2008 [news]

Michael S. Feld
Leo Osgood Jr.
Lorlene Hoyt
Zina Queen
Ali S. Wyne

2007 Isaac M. Colbert

S. Michelle Harton ‘G
Austin V. Harton
La Tonya Green ‘G
Nathaniel Gerald

2006

Acia Adams-Heath
Oluwamuyiwa Olubuyide ‘G
Charles M. Vest, President of MIT, 1990-2004

2005

James S. Banks ’76
Russell E. (Erich) Caulfield ‘G
James L. Sherley

2004 [news]

LaRuth McAfee ‘G
Salvatore Molica ’75
Blanche Staton
J. Phillip Thompson

2003

Jonathan A. King
Hector Hernandez ‘G
Chiquita White ’85

2002

Paul E. Gray ’54, SM ’55, ScD ’60
President of MIT, 1980-90
Cheryl Vossmer
Randal D. Pinkett SM ’98, MBA ’98, PhD’02
CEO, Building Community with Technology
Tamara S. Williams SM ’00, PhD ’06

2001

Harvey Gantt ’70
Wesley Harris
Desiree Ramirez ’02

2000 [news]

Rafael Bras ’72
Ticora Jones ’00
Woodrow Whitlow ’74

1999 [news]

Alexander H. Slocum
Adriana L. Holguin

1998

Lynda M. Jordan PhD ’85
MIT MLK Visiting Professor
Associate Professor of Chemistry, North Carolina A&T State University

Eto Otitigbe ’99
Senior Co-chair, Chocolate City
MIT List Foundation Fellow

Tobie F. Weiner
Undergraduate Administrator
Department of Political Science
Instuctor, IAP Design Seminar

1997

Sylvester James Gates, Jr. ’73, PhD ’77
Professor of Physics, University of Maryland

Myra Rodrigues
Retired Social Worker, MIT Medical Department

MIT Committee on Campus Race Relations

1996

Matthew J. Turner ’96
Architecture and Mechanical Engineering

Leon Trilling
Professor Emeritus, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Shirley A. Jackson ’68, PhD ’73
Physicist