Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Program

The City of Chandler Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Division is proud to announce the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Program.  The awards program honors the accomplishments of Chandler area residents, including youth who contribute significantly to creating a compassionate and socially just community through their dedication to human and civil rights.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Selection Committee will oversee the selection process for the following awards:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statue

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Achievement Award

This award recognizes individuals who embody the values and ideas of Dr. King as evidenced by their extensive work promoting social and economic justice, defending civil rights, and enhancing the dignity of all people in the Chandler community.

Emma Arbuckle

Emma Arbuckle Empowerment Award

This award recognizes individuals who work to empower the community by creating opportunities for leadership, racial equality, and solidarity. 

Ms. Emma Arbuckle was a South Chandler resident who was a leader, advocate, and mother figure in the local community.

Youth Award

Youth Action Award

This award recognizes a student (18 and younger) who is actively working to promote non-violence, commitment to service, and courage amongst their peers. 

This nominee should be actively working in the community in a capacity that supports Dr. MLK Jr.’s values. 

Process and Timeline

  • Nominations will be accepted on Nov. 1 - Dec. 2. 
  • The selection committee will review nominations from Dec. 5 - 14 and winners will be notified the week of Dec. 19.
  • Award winners will be honored at an Awards Ceremony in January 2023. 

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For more information on the Dr. MLK Jr. awards program, contact Adrianna Erickson at 480-782-2224.