Humanitarian Award

Humanitarian Service Award Guidelines

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee invites you to nominate candidates for the 2019 Humanitarian Award.

Deadline:  Fall 2018

Please call Cameron Campus Ministry at (580) 699-2004 for the nomination form and additional information. Nominations should be postmarked or delivered to:

MLK Celebration Committee
Cameron Campus Ministry
4121 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK  73505

Person(s) selected shall be committed to proclaiming the worth of all persons and shall be active in working towards the unity of all within the Lawton/Ft. Sill community.

This award is open to all residents of the Lawton/Ft. Sill community

Award Criteria

The following criteria will be used in considering candidates.  The person(s), in the spirit of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration,

Exemplifies the teachings, life and philosophy of Dr. King.

Promotes community involvement and inter-relationships among women and men from different social, economic, racial/ethnic, and geographic backgrounds.

Is committed to humanitarian service and to the practice of non-violence.

Award Presentation
The award will be presented at the annual celebration banquet on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Previous Recipients


Bishop John Dunaway


Ellouise Love


Ruby Peters


Barbara A. Ellis
Rev. Darwin D. McHenry
Edwina Reddick

Bobbie Dolores Gotiear

2013 Jennifer Holland
Judy Nelson
Coree Miller Steele
2012 Dr. Cheryl Monts
Will Scott, III
Dr. Sylvia Williams
2011 Rev. James Thornton, Pastor, Greater Galilee Baptist Church
Rev. Hubert Edison, Pastor, Bethel Church of God in Christ
Delores Raphel, membership chair, NAACP
Vicki Spurgeon, Lawton attorney and managing attorney for Oklahoma Child Support Services office
Rev. Willie Smith, Jr., Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church
2010 Bettye Gaines
*Rose Mary Harkey  (posthumously)
2009 Rev. Dr. Charles W. Whitlow, Retired Educator and Pastor, Union Baptist Church
C.S.M. George C. Rogers, Jr., Community Leader
2008 Dr. Wendy Bartanen, Lawton Physician
*Dr. Carolyn Mays, Retired Cameron Faculty and Community Leader
2007 Dr. Cynthia Ross, President, Cameron University
2006 Mrs. Dorothy Woodruff, Community Activist
Mr. Bob Wiseman, Prison Ministry
2005 Dr. Gary Bender, Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church
Mr. James Floyd, Retired Chief Warrant Officer
Ms. Arlie Hampton, Community Leader
2004 *Mrs. Helen Shackelford, Community Leader
2003 Mr. Venice James, Community Leader
Ms. Debra Jordan, Community Leader
Dr. Frank Howard Kuchta, Retired Lawton Public School Administrator
2002 Rev. Sam Moyd, Zoe Christian Center
Ms. Sally Herzig, Community Leader
2001 *Dr. E.A. Owens, Lawton Physician
*Mr. Kinley McClure, Former Postmaster and Community Activist
Mrs. Bernice Davenport, Community Leader and Activist
2000 Ms. Deborah Bailey, LPS School Board
Dr. Karen McKellips, Cameron University Faculty
Ms. Gwendolyn Monts, LPS Teacher
1999 *Mr. WIlliam Freeman, Retired Military/Lawton Civic Leader
*Dr. O.L. Parsons, Lawton Physician
1998 Ms. Joe Johson, Community Leader
Mr. Jesse Wright, Community Leader
Mr. Odell Gunter, LPS Administrator
1997 Ms. Maxine Donaldson, Retired Teacher, LPS
*Ret. CSM Leonce Thierry, Lawton and Ft. Sill Civic Leader
Rev. Phil Jones, Former Minister, Cameron Campus Ministry
1996 *Mr. Jesse Stewart, Retired Teacher and Administrator
Honorable David Lewis, Special District Judge
Mr. Mark Ashton, Attorney and Community Leader
1995 Mr. Felton Dean, Lawton Business Leader
*Mr. Andrew Hill, Teacher, LPS
*Mrs. Viola Jefferson, Retired Teacher, LPS
1994 Mrs. Leila Barfield, Ward 7 Councilman, City of Lawton
Dr. Charles Owens, Lawton Dentist
Dr. Valree Wynn, Profesor Emeritus, Cameron University
1993 *Mr. William Lee, Northside Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Stanley Haywood, Teacher, LPS
1992 *Rev. L.K. Jones, Galilee Baptist Church
Ms. Sarah Owens, Former President NAACP
*Fr. Wade Darnall, Former Pastor, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
1991 *Rev. J.L. Davenport, St. John's Baptist Church
*Mr. J.C. Kennedy, Kennedy Real Estate
1990 Mr. Albert Johson, Retired Deputy Superintendent, LPS
1989 *Hon. Wayne Gilley, Former Mayor of Lawton
*Rev. N.H. Jones, Pastor, New Zion Baptist Church
1988 *Mr. John Henry Nelson, Lawton Business Leader
1985 *Mrs. Lillian Spears, Lawton Business Leader
*Denotes deceased

More Information

For tickets and more information, please call Cameron Campus Ministry at (580) 699-2004.