Dane County Executive Parisi, Madison Mayor Rhodes-Conway Announce Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award Honorees

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and City of Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced Ashzianna Alexander, Mathias Lemos Castillo, and Dr. Jack Daniels as this year’s recipients of the combined City-County Humanitarian Awards honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The award winners were selected by the City-County Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and are community members who reflect the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Ashzianna, Mathias, and Dr. Daniels all embody the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their dedication to serve our community and build a better tomorrow,” said County Executive Parisi. “Whether it be Ashzianna’s skills as a youth leader, Mathias’ efforts to build community, or Dr. Daniels’ legacy in higher education, each recipient has dedicated themselves to making our community a better place to call home. Congratulations to each honoree for receiving this award.”

“Ms. Alexander has advocated for youth for years, doing the hard work and never shying away from the truth. Dr. Daniels has led Madison College’s cultural transformation through collaborative government and alignment with principles of equity and inclusion. And Mathias Lemos Castillo has focused his work on building community and engaging voices that are not always heard,” said Mayor Rhodes-Conway. “I thank them all for their work exemplifying the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and congratulate them on being chosen for this honor.”

The City and County will present the awards at the annual City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance on Monday, January 15 at 6:00pm. More information can be found at http://mlkingcoalition.org.