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For Immediate Release
November 17, 2016

Nominations Open for MLK Humanitarian Awards

Human Rights Commission to honor 3 adults, 2 high school students from Marin

San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Human Rights Commission is accepting nominations through December 9 for the 35th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards.

MLK Humanitarian Award winner Avani Bahl poses with her mother at the 2016 event.MLK Humanitarian Award winner Avani Bahl (left) poses with her mother at the 2016 event.

The awards, scheduled for January, are presented to individuals whose community work exemplifies activism for human rights. Award recipients are selected for their idealism and contribution toward promoting human rights, equality, and understanding.

Youth winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used for post-secondary education. Adult award winners receive a $1,000 stipend given to a nonprofit agency of their choice. Both the scholarships and stipends are generously provided by the Marin Community Foundation.

Individuals, schools and community organizations are invited to complete and return nomination forms. The nominees must be strong advocates for human rights in Marin and live, work or attend school in the county. 

The awards will be distributed at a ceremony in the Board of Supervisors Chamber at 4 p.m., January 12, 2017, with a reception to follow. The Board of Supervisors Chamber is in Suite 330, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael.

Download the nomination information or contact Chris Shaw at for more details.


Christine Shaw
Equal Employment Specialist
Human Resources

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 415
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6189
Email: Christine Shaw