Utah’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission is a non-partisan, non-legislative, non-judiciary, and non-religious group created by executive order on July 1, 1991 and overseen by the Governor. The primary role of the commission in the state is to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the year, by promoting equity, diversity, and human rights through education and training as well as creating greater awareness around issues of justice. The Commission consists of various members who represent the diversity of the State of Utah and each member has been appointed by the Governor.
One of the ways that the Commission seeks to accomplish their mission is through recognizing and affirming individuals and organizations who serve as models of Dr. King’s legacy of supporting human rights. Award recipients and organizations will be those who help to promote justice, value equity and envision solutions to the many inequalities that characterize the world we live in while demonstrating the courage to act and to persevere in the face of challenging circumstances.
This award is presented up to three times per calendar year as deemed appropriate by the Commission.