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The Tamara D. Grigsby Office for Equity and Inclusion

City-County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award


Nominations are continuously accepted

2024 awardees will be presented at the 39th Annual Madison & Dane County MLK Observance



2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award Honorees

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Ashzianna Alexander is a tireless youth leader in the community who has been working to make a change in local schools and communities for over five years. Prior to becoming a youth leader, she was a member of the Black Girls Matter group. Due to her ambitious nature and strong leadership qualities while in the group, she was given an opportunity to be a part of the Freedom Youth Squad. It was there that her determination as a youth leader stood out. Ashzianna advocated for the youth in her community and never shied away from speaking her truths, especially regarding the school system, where she even traveled around the nation to show support for her causes. 
In Ashzianna’s free time, she may be volunteering at The Freedom Inc. organization by organizing or assisting with an event. This has helped mold her into being a successful leader in the community. She has begun her first year of college and is seeking to learn more about African American youth. She shows no signs of slowing down. 

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Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, brings over 40 years of profound experience in higher education, spanning diverse institutions from community and technical colleges to graduate schools. His multifaceted career has seen him in various capacities, from esteemed professor to dedicated dean and college president. Notably, during his tenure as president of Madison Area Technical College, Dr. Daniels has been instrumental in fostering a collaborative governance environment that champions respect and acknowledges the invaluable contributions of faculty, staff, and students. His visionary leadership has reshaped the college's response to its diverse communities, propelling its transformation into a culture deeply rooted in principles of equity and inclusion. 
Under Dr. Daniels' guidance, Madison College has achieved significant milestones, including the establishment of the Goodman South Campus in 2019—a testament to his commitment to providing educational and community resources to the city's most underserved populations. His initiatives encompass the development of high school academies, workforce training programs, transfer agreements with HBCUs and support for guaranteed transfer programs with various institutions. Recognized as one of the most influential African Americans in Wisconsin, Dr. Daniels has received many prestigious awards. A native of Chicago, Dr. Daniels holds a Ph.D. from the Wright Institute Graduate School of Psychology in Berkeley, California. He is happily married to Kimila Daniels, with whom he shares four children and four grandchildren. 

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Mathias Lemos Castillo is a seasoned consultant, dedicated to effective and culturally-relevant community engagement. Born and raised in Uruguay, he brings a unique perspective to his work. In January 2022, he founded MLC Consulting, LLC—an organization that focuses on helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals through intentional community engagement. 
Prior to founding MLC Consulting, Mathias held leadership positions with various local and national organizations, including the Local Voices Network at MIT. In these various roles, he refined his skills as a conversation facilitator and community builder, gaining the ability to effectively convene community members, work with diverse audiences, and ensure exceptional partner satisfaction. 
Mathias's community-oriented background is a valuable asset in his consulting work, which includes the City of Madison. Mathias has experience working with people, communities, and entities at both local and national levels. His fluency in Spanish and English enables him to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences. Additionally, Mathias serves as the Board Chair of the Latino Professionals Association of Greater Madison and serves on the Madison Public Library Board. 


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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award is presented annually to the person or persons who have demonstrated leadership and volunteerism while making significant contributions in the areas of:  promoting peace, understanding, and improving communication & cooperation between diverse populations in Dane County.

Nominate a person or group of people who have made outstanding and significant contributions in the spirit of sisterhood, brotherhood, and harmony toward making our community an ideal place in which to live. 


To nominate an individual, please submit an application one of the following ways:



Award Honorees

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“The time is always right to do what is right.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.