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Pathfinder Award Recipients to be honored at January Celebration

MANKATO, Minn. (January 4, 2018) The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Board announced the recipients of the annual Pathfinder, Young Pathfinder and Business Pathfinder Awards.

The Pathfinder Award was created in 1986 to recognize individuals or organizations that, in the spirit of Dr. King, are initiators in the struggle for equal treatment and human rights. The award represents the ideal that all people should be treated fairly and equally without the fear of discrimination on any basis. This year’s Pathfinder Award recipient is Diana Joseph.

Diana Joseph is being honored for fostering deeper ties among community members in ways that nurture empathy and universal respect necessary to support the struggle for equitable treatment and for the recognition of human rights. She brings a spirit of collaboration, open-mindedness, forward-thinking and a positive attitude to any audience in which she reaches.

The Young Pathfinder Award was created in 2002 to recognize the hard work, commitment and courage displayed by area young people and organizations of young people as they strive, in the spirit of Dr. King, to achieve fair and equal treatment for all, healthy communities and peaceful resolution to conflicts. This year’s Young Pathfinder Award recipient is Lauren Senden.

The Business Pathfinder Award was established in 2003 and is presented by Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. to recognize businesses that strive for equal treatment, human rights and non-violence in the workplace. This year’s Business Pathfinder Award recipient is Cambria.

The Pathfinder Award recipient will be honored at the 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration on Monday, January 15 at Minnesota State University, Mankato in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The event will begin at 5:30 pm with hors d’oeuvres and social time. Program begins at 6:15 pm with the presentation of the awards, followed by entertainment at 6:35 pm by the Mankato Children’s Chorus. Keynote Speaker, Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, will speak at 6:45 pm. This is event is open to the public with free parking, however tickets are required. Purchase tickets at mankatodiversity.org.



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