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ESTHER to receive prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage Award

Martin Luther Kind, Jr.The 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage Award will be presented to ESTHER during Wisconsin’s 32nd Annual Tribute and Ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the State Capital on Monday, January 16th.

ESTHER is being honored with the Heritage Award in recognition for its past and continued work for social justice, collaborative efforts with faith communities to create positive change, and community service.

The Wisconsin annual Martin Luther King Heritage Award recognizes and affirms those who have made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice, and human rights and exhibit an edifying passion and onus to lifelong community service.

We are humbled and deeply honored to receive this award, which reflects the legacy and character of Dr. King. Through his understanding, compassion, and courage, Martin Luther King, Jr., demonstrated how we each can take action to bring about a more just world, where all persons are treated with dignity because of their intrinsic worth. We hope that all are inspired by the legacy of this great man.

In the past year ESTHER has successfully developed and trained leaders to work for a more just state budget, engaged immigrant youth and strengthen relationships between immigrant and non-immigrant students, worked to keep families who are facing foreclosure in their homes, and brought together community leaders and elected officials to tackle critical public transit issues facing the Appleton and Green Bay regions.

The annual tribute will be held on Monday, January 16th, at Noon in the State Capitol Rotunda in Madison, Wisconsin. Musical performances, guest speakers, elected officials and dignitaries, and the greater public will come together to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and honor individuals continuing the work of civil rights and social justice. The tribute and ceremony will be broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Pubic Television.

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