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The Bloomington and Normal Human Relations Commissions have announced their Martin Luther King Jr. award winners for the 45th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Luncheon; held virtually on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1pm via www.cityblm.org/live.

The commission selects individuals who reflect the ideology of the late Dr. King. Jr. This year the honorees are:

Don Shandrow is co-founder and executive artistic director of the Coalescence Theatre Project. As Executive Artistic Director, Shandrow is committed to presenting plays that express ideas, thoughts, and stories that are not usually heard in other local theatres; to offer opportunities to underutilized performers and theatre artists, and bring together an audience that reflects the diversity of our community.

Kristal H. Shelvin, PhD serves her community through membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Jack and Jill of America, as a board member of Heartland Head Start and Illinois Prairie Foundation’s Women to Women Giving Circle. As the Clinical Services Supervisor at Livingston County Special Services Unit, Dr Shelvin’s community work focuses on dismantling racism and inequities in education and mental health.

Ryan Denham is the content director for WGLT and WCBU.