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Faculty and Students Receive Martin Luther King Jr. Awards at Freedom March Event

As a kickoff to the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March, Ferris State University’s Office of Multicultural Student Services awarded three students 2014 MLK Legacy Awards.

The awards were established in 2006. It is presented to a student or registered student organization that has demonstrated a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of King.

The ninth annual award was presented on Monday, Jan. 16. The recipients of the award are nominated by a Ferris faculty or staff member with a brief statement of why the student should receive the award.

The student recipients were Steven Balkema, of Big Rapids; Bararkas Keyes, of Flint; and Tamira Owens, of Detroit.

Also receiving an award on Monday was Professor Gloria Lukusa-Barnett. Lukusa-Barnett received the “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award” from the Diversity and Inclusion Office. This award is given to a faculty or staff member that exemplifies social justice in both their profession and personal life.