Gordon to Receive 30th Annual MLK, Jr. Community Service Award


The City of Tacoma’s Events and Recognition Committee has announced that the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award recipient is Dr. Dexter Gordon, director of the Race & Pedagogy Institute at the University of Puget Sound. Gordon is a published author, professor and community advocate for social change. He demonstrates exemplary leadership that embodies the values of equity and inclusion and, for many years, has promoted and advocated for a campus environment and city that embraces racial and cultural differences.

“The committee is thrilled to present the service award to Dr. Dexter Gordon,” said Events and Recognition Committee Chair Erin Lee. “A former student of his said that taking his class was a life-changing experience. That testimonial and all of the other community comments about Dr. Gordon convinced us he truly embodies this year’s theme, ‘Be the Change.’”

This lifetime service award is presented each year at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. It recognizes and encourages excellence in community service activities carried out by an individual, organization or group whose efforts reflect the essence of Dr. King’s teachings.

The event on Jan. 15, begins at 11 a.m., with doors opening at 10 a.m., in the Greater Tacoma Convention Center (1500 Commerce St.). For more information about the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration and the nomination process visit cityoftacoma.org/mlk, email mlk@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 573-2523.

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