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MLK Commission for Human Rights | Commission Members


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Winston Wilkinson
Mr. Wilkinson is a graduate of Morgan State University and Howard University Law School. He is presently Chief Executive Officer of Winston Wilkinson Associates, a professional consultant service. He recently worked as Government Relations Specialist for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Mr. Wilkinson has an expansive history of working in the Civil Rights area. He worked as Special Assistant to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the US Department of Education. Mr. Thomas was Assistant Secretary of Civil Right in President Ronald Reagan administration. Winston also served as Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the US Department of HHS. He was also in Washington in 1963 during the March on Washington.

Mr. Wilkinson is married to Gloria Wilkinson and they are the parents of four children and have 12 grandkids.


Rob Harter
Rob is a non-profit executive professional with 20 years of experience in leading and building non-profit organizations, leveraging sales, communication and personal development. He is the Executive Director at CCPC (Christian Center of Park City), and has served in this role for the past 3 years. He is also the ski chaplain for the Park City Mountain Resort, President of the Park City Interfaith Council, has served as a board member for both locally and globally-focused non-profit organizations.


Mac McCullough


Eruera “Ed” Napia


Joseph Nicolas


Jasen Lee
Jasen Lee is a journalist for Deseret News/KSL reporting primarily on business, technology, utilities and transportation. Having started in radio, he has reported at KCPW and Metro Networks in Utah as well as WTMJ in Milwaukee and WMAY in Springfield, Ill. In addition, he covers the Utah Jazz along with Utah/BYU football and basketball for the Associated Press and Fox Sports Radio. A native of Chicago, Jasen graduated from the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign with a degree in finance and studied broadcasting at Columbia College Chicago. He has been recognized with numerous journalism awards from the Utah Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Salt Lake County with his wife.


Dr. Roderic Land
Dr. Roderic R. Land serves as the Special Projects & Grant Manager and Education Liaison for Salt Lake County. Before coming to Salt Lake County, Dr. Land devoted over 10 years in the academic world as a professor of Educational Policy. He continues to serve in a dual capacity that allows him to bridge the gap between theory and practice as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah and as a Salt Lake County Mayor appointee.


Shirlee Silversmith
Ms. Silversmith received her B.S. in Secondary Education from BYU and then went on to Arizona State University and recieved her Masters in Education. Master in Education. Ms. Silversmith worked with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) as the Indian Education Specialist for nearly 20 years. In July 2011, Governor Gary R. Herbert, appointed Ms. Silversmith as the Director for the Utah Division of Indian Affairs (UDIA). The position serves as a liaison and promotes positive intergovernmental relations with and between Utah Indian Tribes (8), Office of the Governor, Federal and State agencies, and local entities.


Dr. Forrest Crawford
Dr. Forrest Crawford is a former professor of teacher education at Weber State University where he worked for over 35 years. Widely honored for his extensive contributions to this state and region he is also Secretary General to the International Society for Teacher Education. Dr. Crawford was a co-founder and first chair for our States’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr human rights commission from 1990-1995. This commission has diligently continued its work to date by honoring the importance of this holiday, by recognizing and encouraging achievement among our school age children reaching out in partnership with leaders and organizations who understand and revere Dr. Kings dream of peaceful, participatory democratic society.

MLK Commission for Human Rights | About Us


About Us     Commission Members     News & Publications




Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. summoned the best qualities that guide and sustain the American spirit and our nation’s commitment of equality, justice, freedom, and peace.  He awakened the necessary goodness of our people and led a nonviolent movement that enriched our moral purpose as a nation.  This human rights movement advocated nonviolent methods of social change in the struggle for justice, equality, and freedom. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. raised the consciousness of our country through his personal dream of a nation where all people are judge, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was recognized on November 2, 1983 by the United States Congress and the President in the enactment of legislation establishing the third Monday in January as a national holiday in celebration of Dr. King’s birthday, beginning in 1986.

The State of Utah recognizes the significance of Dr. King’s life and accomplishments and the State Legislature passed S.B. 17 in 1986, which set aside the third Monday in January to observe as the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., known as Human Rights Day.

MLK Human Rights Commission

The Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission was created by executive order on July 1, 1991.  the Commission consists of twenty members representing the diversity of the State of Utah appointed by the governor to two-year terms.  The Commission meets quarterly and coordinates efforts to:

Promote Human Rights Day by:

    • Involve all sectors, private and public, in a conscious effort to promote diversity, equity, and human rights.
    • Encourage appropriate ceremonies and activities commemorating the federal holiday which occurs on the third Monday of January each year.
    • Provide advice and assistance to governments and private organizations on the observance of this federal holiday.
    • Coordinate efforts with Americans of diverse backgrounds and with private organizations on the observance of the holiday.

Promote the principles of human rights by:

    • Promote training in the principles of nonviolence.
    • Work diligently to promote education and awareness of the principles of human rights for all.
    • Conduct workshops and training in human rights to be utilized by public and private sectors and school systems.
    • Partner with Public Education to assist schools in promoting appropriate events to honor human rights and the holiday.
    • Serve as a resource for state government so it can increase or improve its level of responsiveness to human rights.

Meeting Schedule

The Commission meets every other month.  For more information contact Samantha Eldridge at 801-245-7210.

Why is Your Zip Code Important to Your Health?

Dr. Len B. Novilla, Department of Health Science, Brigham Young University, illustrates through this very informative presentation how a person’s health is greatly influenced by powerful social factors such as levels of education and income but a far greater determinant can be the quality of the social and physical environments that surround us.