Be sure to join the Realizing the Dream Committee as they are hosting various events and activities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 2022 theme is “Realizing the Dream Through Kindness and Respect for Others,” according to the UA Division of Community Affairs.

The makeup of the “Realizing the Dream” committee consists of “representatives from Shelton State Community College, Stillman College, the Tuscaloosa chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and The University of Alabama.”

13th Legacy Awards Banquet Information

The 13th Legacy Awards Banquet with Realizing the Dream will be on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sellers Auditorium of the Bryant Conference Center. The banquet speaker will be attorney, journalist, and television personality Star Jones.

Award Recipients

Hon. U.W. Clemon will receive the Mountaintop Award. According to the UA Division of Community Affairs, “Clemon is an Alabama attorney in private practice and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He was among the first 10 African-American lawyers admitted to the Alabama bar, was one of the first two African Americans elected to the Alabama Senate since Reconstruction, and was appointed by Jimmy Carter in 1980 as the first African American federal judge in Alabama. He has devoted decades to breaking down barriers in education, government, and the economy.”

Dr. Nahree Doh will receive the Call to Conscience Award. The UA Division of Community Affairs said that “Doh is the associate director of clinical and outreach services at UA’s Division of Student Life Counseling Center. A licensed psychologist, she also provides individual counseling for students experiencing developmental and psychological concerns and has facilitated a workshop for international students to enhance their success and growth in the U.S. academic environment. She is known for her compassion for people and her commitment to equality, as well as her willingness to take the moral high road regardless of personal and professional consequences.”

Carina Villarreal will receive the Horizon Award. As reported by the UA Division of Community Affairs, “Villarreal is a 2020 UA graduate and is currently pursuing a master of social work degree at the Capstone. During her time at UA, she has served in a variety of leadership roles, including director of multicultural affairs in the Student Government Association and president of the Hispanic Latino Association. A student assistant in the office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, she is passionate about social justice, activism and promoting cultural awareness.”

Ticket Details

“Legacy Banquet tickets are $30 for individuals or $125 for a table of 5. Dress is semiformal.” Tickets will be available online at

COVID protocols

Due to the increase of COVID cases the 13th Legacy Awards Banquet will be limited to a 50% capacity to allow for “the celebration of the remarkable legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while also addressing the need for social distancing.

Also, those wishing to have their “picture made with Ms. Star Jones will be subject to additional requirements of Ms. Jones: wear a mask covering the mouth and nose, as well as provide proof of complete COVID vaccination (one shot for Johnson & Johnson; two shots for Moderna and Pfizer). Proof of vaccination options include a completed vaccination card or a scan of said card,” said the UA Division of Community Affairs.

(Source) Click here for information about Realizing the Dream activities and events. For ticketing information, call 205-348-7111 or email

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