Award Announced During Juneteenth Celebration with Dr. Alveda King, Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today was announced as the recipient of the Douglass Leadership Institute’s Leadership Award. Dr. Alveda King, activist, author, and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., announced the recognition during the 2019 Juneteenth celebration at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, the official African American museum of the State of Maryland. Juneteenth is an American holiday that honors the announcement of the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865 and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive this award, and I would like to thank the Douglass Leadership Institute and Dr. King for this incredible recognition,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “In reflecting on the history of Juneteenth and the significance of figures like Frederick Douglass, I find myself profoundly grateful for the generations of African American leaders who came before me and made it possible for our community to have a voice in the leadership of our state.
“Maryland will never forget the important and impactful legacy of our African American community, and our administration remains committed to preserving its history and heritage,” he continued. “I am immensely proud to receive this award as we encourage future generations to continue recognizing how our history has built our present, and will influence our future.”
The celebration also featured a panel discussion including Dr. King and Rev. Dean Nelson, President of the Douglass Leadership Institute. In addition to her activism, Dr. King is a commissioner for the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Committee. She is currently visiting historic places for African American leaders and communities in Maryland to commemorate Juneteenth.
Both Douglass Leadership Institute and Banneker-Douglass Museum are named after Frederick Douglass, a national leader of the abolitionist movement and former U.S. Ambassador to Haiti. He is also known as the author of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.”