(Cherry Hill, NJ) – The Camden County Board of Freeholders is now accepting nominations for the Camden County Freedom Medal. The medal will be awarded to citizens of Camden County for contributing to the betterment of their community through their unselfish dedication of time and talent, beyond their normal professional activities, in the continuation of Martin Luther King Jr’s dream to create a more just and loving community.
“The honor recognizes extraordinary Camden County citizens who have gone above and beyond in their daily lives to make our community a better place while exemplifying the ideals indicative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young.
The Review Committee will determine the 2020 award recipients who will be honored at a reception ceremony. All applications and supporting documents must be received by the Review Committee no later than December 2, 2020.
“Please take the time to nominate a friend, neighbor, or just someone you know who embodies the dream and action of Martin Luther King Jr. for the Camden County Freedom Medal,” Young said.
- Must be a resident of Camden County.
- Must have made a specific contribution directed to his/her community that, over time, has made a significant, tangible improvement benefiting the people of the community.
- Accomplishments must be based strictly on volunteer work, excluding any remuneration.
Submissions must also express how the candidate meets ONE the following criteria:
- COURAGE: MLK was a symbol of courage, moral and physical, demonstrated by his willingness to face anger, hatred and threats as he challenged deeply rooted social and economic values to better the lives of all throughout the civil rights movement.
- PEACE: The hallmark of his work was none-violence, seeking to defeat injustice, not people.
- COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ENRICHMENT: MLK’s work exemplifies the ideals that he fought and died for, always with the goal of enriching others.
- Must submit a 300-word essay; specifically supporting the Nominee’s accomplishments, including all relevant details, of the period of time spent on the community’s service and the measurable impact on the community.
- Must avoid any reference to the nominee’s professional career.
Past medal recipients are not eligible. For previous winners visit: Resident Recognition