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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award Event

The 38th Annual

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Human Dignity Award Event 

Friday, January 13, 2023


Jackie Robinson Family YMCA
7:00AM to 9:00AM

Join us as we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His words and selfless actions continue to be an inspiration and never-ending call-to-action for tolerance and peace with each new generation.

Last year's event was virtual. Click here to view.

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Event Program

View the event program for the 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award Event.

Human Dignity Award

The YMCA's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award is annually bestowed upon a person who exemplifies Dr. King's work and character. The inaugural award was given to Rufus DeWitt, the first African-American executive director in our YMCA association who served at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA in the 1960s.

Subsequent honorees continue to embody Dr. King's spirit and humanitarian ideals. All nominees are submitted for recognition by their peers and are chosen by a prestigious committee that includes past recipients.

Sponsorship Opportunities

2022 Human Dignity Award Winners

We are proud to announce this year’s Human Dignity Award Winners, health care advocate Dr. Suzanne Afflalo and real estate pioneer Theophilus Logan. We look forward to honoring these two individuals who reflect Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s principles and ideals in both philosophy and action.

Dr. Suzanne Afflalo

A family physician and medical director of the Alliance Health Clinic, Dr. Suzanne Afflalo is honored for her distinguished career of service to minority and under-served communities. Dr. Afflalo has implemented numerous community programs and is passionate about educating, encouraging and empowering people to obtain the best health possible. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Afflalo has spent her free time volunteering in the community, lecturing on high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, breast cancer and other health-related issues. In 2014, she designed and implemented “A Healthier Me” (AHM), a lifestyle-change and health-improvement program developed to decrease the morbidity and mortality of African Americans and other minorities with various cardiovascular risks. In 2017, Dr. Afflalo helped organized a monthly community health and resource fair that brings various organizations together to collaboratively serve the Southeastern San Diego community. The Community Health and Resource Fair is hosted at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA and provides free health screenings, free mammograms, numerous services and resources and food distribution for over 300 people each month. Since early 2020, she has focused her time on the COVID-19 pandemic, educating the community on the importance of safety measures, testing and vaccinations.

Theophilus Logan

Theophilus Logan, who is 104 years old, was a civic pioneer in providing real estate and home ownership opportunities to mostly Black San Diegans in Logan Heights. After retiring from the Army in 1962, Mr. Logan got his real estate license and established Logan Realty. In 1978, he became the first African American president of the San Diego Board of Realtors. His office became a landmark in the Southeastern San Diego community, where residents could seek advice and guidance regarding buying, selling and investing in real estate. His amazing life is woven into the fabric of San Diego real estate history, making it possible for so many families, particularly from minority populations, to put down roots in our community.

2022 Keynote Speaker: Arthur “Art” Lawrence Cribbs Jr.

Rev. Dr. Arthur “Art” Lawrence Cribbs Jr. is the interim senior pastor at Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, Virginia. He served for eight years as pastor of the Christian Fellowship Congregational Church, UCC, in San Diego. While there, he founded the church’s Community Outreach Foundation, which launched numerous community programs, and started refugee and immigrant outreach for Sudanese and Somali families.

Working with interfaith leaders in San Diego County, he participated in public vigils for peace to end wars in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan and joined members of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice in public actions at various locations. Before becoming a full-time pastor, Cribbs was the executive director of the United Church of Christ Office of Communication. He also served as executive secretary for Racial Ethnic and Minority Constituency Development and Recruitment for the United Church Board for World Ministries where he led and hosted delegations to and from more than 20 countries.

Cribbs has an extensive background in broadcast news and talk radio. He produced and hosted the television specials, “Stories of the Soul: Life after 9/11,” for which he won an Emmy Award, and “Changing Faces of AIDS,” which was nominated for an Emmy. He earned his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in political science, Master of Divinity from the Chicago Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from the Claremont School of Theology.

Youth Poetry and Art Contest

The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA would like to invite San Diego area students to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Poetry and Art Contest. Students in Grades K-12 are encouraged to submit their art, poetry, spoken word or essay that reflect this year's theme: "How does Dr. King's dream live on in your life and community?" 

Winners will be awarded in four divisions: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. First place winners of each division will receive a $100 gift card, second place winners will receive a $75 gift card and all winners will receive a one-month family membership to the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. Deadline to submit entries is December 10, 2021, 5:00pm. View the entry form for contest details.

Event Timeline:

  • 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM - Program and Award Presentation

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • $10,000 - Dream Sponsor
    • Logo recognition in event banner
    • Logo on all printed materials
    • Premium full-page, four-color program advertisement
    • 10 attendees to the in-person VIP event
  • $5,000 - Freedom Sponsorship
    • Logo recognition in event program
    • Full-page, black and white program advertisement
    • 6 attendees to the in-person VIP event
  • $2,500 - Equality Sponsorship
    • Logo recognition in event program
    • Half-page, black and white program advertisement
    • 4 attendees to the in-person VIP event
  • $1,200 - Inspiration Sponsorship
    • Name recognition in event program
    • Quarter-page, black and white program advertisement
  • $600 - Dignity Sponsorship

Program Advertisement Only

  • $350 - Full-page Black and White Advertisement
    • Image requirements: 8" wide by 10" height at 300 dpi
  • $250 - Half-page Black and White Advertisement
    • Image requirements: 8" wide by 5" height at 300 dpi
  • $150 - Quarter-page Black and White Advertisement
    • Image requirements: 4" wide by 5" height at 300 dpi
  • $75 - Business Card Advertisement
    • Image requirements: 3.5" wide by 2" height at 300 dpi
  • $25 - Patron Text Listing
    • Text only, 200 characters maximum

For questions on advertisements or for more information on sponsorships, email Paula Dunn at [email protected]. Deadline for artwork submission is December 28, 2022. Please send high resolution images (minimum of 300 dpi) of any file type as an email attachment to [email protected]


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