Unsung Hero Award

Syracuse University Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Unsung Hero Award

Do you know individuals in the Central New York Community who have made a positive difference in the lives of others, but who are not widely recognized for their efforts? The Unsung Hero Award, granted at the largest university-affiliated Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in the nation, celebrates individuals or community groups who exemplify the spirit, life, and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., but have not received widespread recognition for or been previously honored for their efforts.

Learn how you can nominate someone for a 2019 Unsung Hero Award here.


Awards are granted for people in the following categories:

  • Youth (age 18 or younger)
  • Community Member ‚Äč(age 18 or older)
  • Syracuse University or SUNY-ESF student
  • Syracuse University or SUNY-ESF faculty
  • Syracuse University or SUNY-ESF staff

Past recipients of this award have led community initiatives; advanced human rights, nonviolence, diversity and nondiscrimination; mentored youth; advocated for peace and justice; and offered support to the most vulnerable citizens of their communities.