Our own Lisa Vernon, AACLC Program Director, is among six local leaders to be honored at the area’s 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Jan. 20th. She is the winner of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award in recognition of her work as director of the Anne Aruundel County Literacy Council.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award, presented by the City of Annapolis Human Relations Commission, honors a person who exemplifies humanitarianism and
who goes beyond the norm to establish and maintain equality and fair treatment of all human beings. This year’s recipient, Lisa Vernon, is director of the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council since July 2012 and was the organization’s first tutor coordinator. She has given more than 4,000 hours as a volunteer to the AACLC since joining in September 2011. Under her leadership, the AACLC was awarded the 2012 and 2013 Top-Rated Great Nonprofit Award, achieved the GuideStar Seal of Transparency, was awarded the Abilities Network Community and Employment Program Partners Award, and was nominated for the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.
The guest speaker for the awards event will be U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, representative from the 4th District, which includes Prince George’s County and central Anne Arundel County. Proceeds from the event will support scholarships and help maintain Maryland’s only memorial to King, located on the Arnold campus.
Congratulations to Lisa for this very well-deserved honor. This marvelous recognition also shines a spotlight on the work we do here at AACLC, so we’re grateful to Lisa for that as well.