MLK ‘Building the Dream’ award winners make a difference







Campus life leaders Marianne Magjuka, Shelley Sizemore and Matt Williams, have been recognized as Wake Forest University’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. “Building the Dream” award winners.

The award is traditionally presented to a student and a professor or administrator from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community. This year, one student and three campus leaders were recognized at Wake Forest.

Magjuka, Sizemore and Williams were recognized for planning and leading a weeklong Alternative Spring Break civil rights tour through Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Thirty-three students in eight days visited the National Civil Rights Museum, the National Voting Rights Museum, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Archives, The Edmund Pettus Bridge and the Southern Poverty Law Center, among other places.

Alta Mauro, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, designed the co-curricular initiative with Magjuka and the two worked to develop educational lessons to help the multi-racial, multi-ethnic group of students to reflect on issues of race, gender, power and privilege. As a member of the award-granting body, Mauro chose not to be recognized formally in connection with the award.

Junior Gracie Harrington received the student award.

Faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest submit “Building the Dream” award nominations for their respective universities and a committee of representatives from each school selects winners. The recipients were recognized at an annual banquet celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held at Wake Forest on Jan. 20.

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