WSSU Honors Program assistant Carolyn Thomas (faculty) and student Charity Timberlake were named Winston-Salem State University’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. “Building the Dream” award winners.
The award is traditionally presented to a professor or administrator and a student from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community.
About the Award Winners
Thomas is viewed by students as a mentor and confidant who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty on their behalf. Because a recent health issue, which kept her out of the office for nearly a month, she worked from home to make sure students’ needs were met and that her office ran smoothly.
Timberlake is a junior education major from Stem, NC. She is the co-founder of the “Martin Had A Dream” demonstration held on WSSU’s campus in 2014.
About the award and the MLK Day Celebration
Faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest and WSSU submit “Building the Dream” award nominations for their respective universities and a committee of representatives from each school selects winners. The recipients were recognized at an annual banquet celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held at Wake Forest on Jan. 20.
In addition to co-sponsoring the awards presentation, Wake Forest and WSSU also co-sponsor and alternate hosting a keynote event featuring a well-known guest speaker. This year’s keynote event was held in K.R. Williams Auditorium at Winston-Salem State University and featured social activist, author and comedian Dick Gregory.
Wake Forest’s “Building the Dream” faculty award winner is associate librarian Hu Womack . The student award winners were Nehemiah Rolle and Joe LeDuc.