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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award Event

The 36th Annual

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Human Dignity Award Event 

Thursday, January 14, 2021


Sponsor Recognition: 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Event: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM



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.


CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIRTUAL PROGRAM BOOK - Special thanks to all of our event sponsors!

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.

2021 Human Dignity Award Winner: Dr. Wilma Wooten 

Dr. Wilma WootenWe are proud to announce this year’s Human Dignity Award winner, Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County’s public health officer. Dr. Wooten, an ardent supporter of public health, will join our honorees of the past who have encompassed outstanding qualities of volunteerism, philanthropy and activism in our community since the first Human Dignity Award Breakfast in 1986.

Dr. Wooten has been with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency since 2001, initially as deputy health officer and, since 2007, as the public health officer. She received both professional degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, followed by the completion of residency training at the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, DC.

Trained in family medicine, public health and preventive medicine, she has oversight for almost 500 employees and a budget of over $100M, serving a county of 3.1 million residents. Throughout her life, Dr. Wooten has broken barriers and served as a role model for young people, especially African American girls, who wish to pursue a career in medicine and science.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Wooten has exemplified what it means to be a person of courage and moral strength by providing clear, science-based directives to County leaders that prioritize the health of San Diegans through the pandemic. She has stood firm in advocating for best practices in wearing masks, washing hands, staying six feet apart and avoiding being indoors with non-household members. Wooten was named 2020 San Diegan of the Year by the San Diego Union Tribune. We are thrilled to honor her with the 2021 Human Dignity Award.

Read the press release regarding Dr. Wooten's award!

Event Timeline:

  • 5:30 PM - Sponsor Recognition
  • 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Program and Award Presentation

2021 Speaker: Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Nash Weber

Assemblymember Shirley Nash Weber was elected in November of 2012 to represent California's 79th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Bonita, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City and San Diego.

Born to sharecroppers of Hope, Arkansas, Shirley Weber has lived in California since the age of three. She attended UCLA, where she received her BA, MA and Ph.D. by the age of 26. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she became a professor at San Diego State University (SDSU) at the age of 23. Dr. Weber also taught at California State University at Los Angeles and Los Angeles City College before coming to San Diego State University.

Dr. Weber chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety. She also serves as a member of the Assembly Standing Committees on Education, Higher Education, Elections, Budget and Banking and Finance.

Prior to being elected to the Assembly, she served as the mayor's appointee and Chair on the Citizens' Equal Opportunity Commission. Dr. Weber has also served on the Board of the NAACP, YWCA, YMCA Scholarship Committee, Battered Women Services, United Way, San Diego Consortium and Private Industry Council and many more.

Assembly Member Weber has lived in the 79th Assembly District for over 30 years. Her children attended public school in the district and she was elected to the school board. As a board member, and subsequent board president, she became known for her advocacy for closing the achievement gap and a higher standard of excellence for all children.

From 2005-2006, Dr. Weber hosted a popular weekly radio program weekly entitled, "It's a New Day with Dr. Shirley Weber," on KURS AM 1040. The program was broadcast live throughout San Diego and internationally over the internet. In 2006, she aired her program live from Johannesburg, South Africa, sharing her students' perspectives and those of local South Africans. Dr. Weber has lectured throughout the United States, Caribbean and Africa.

Assembly Member Weber is the mother of two children and the widow of the late Honorable Daniel Weber, a California state judge.

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • $10,000 - Dream Sponsor
    • Logo recognition in event banner
    • Logo on all printed materials
    • Premium full-page, four-color program advertisement
  • $5,000 - Freedom Sponsorship
    • Logo recognition in event program
    • Full-page, black and white program advertisement
  • $2,500 - Equality Sponsorship
    • Logo recognition in event program
    • Half-page, black and white program advertisement
  • $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 Anna Arancibia at [email protected] or call (619) 264-0144. Deadline for artwork submission is December 28, 2020. Please send high resolution images (minimum of 300 dpi) of any file type as an email attachment to [email protected]

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