Human Relations Commission

Boards, Commissions & Committees

Annual MLK Celebration

The Fargo Human Relations Commission hosts an annual celebration honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The annual event features entertainment and the Fargo Human Relations Awards presentations.

2019 MLK Tribute Video produced by Yann Niteka
2020 MLK Tribute Video produced by Yann Niteka


The Fargo Human Relations Award will be presented to a youth, adult and organization that have made significant contributions to the area of human relations in the FM community.

2020 MLK Day Award Winners

  • Lenard Wells, housing director for the F5 Project, is an advocate for felons who seek a new life outside of confinement. In particular, he has a heart for helping African American men secure housing, food and work. Lenard knows what it’s like to hustle and overcome great odds. He was acquitted of attempted murder, and now reaches out to those facing similar challenges. He regularly shares his story to help others imagine how they can break the cycle of crime and build their families and communities.
  • ZamZam Abdi is a student at North Dakota State University who believes in creating an environment where young Somalis students can celebrate their heritage and culture. To provide her peers with a place where they could feel valued and heard, she founded the NDSU’s Somali Student Association. In addition to studying finance, Zamzam volunteers at the Somali Community Development of North Dakota and provides free cleaning services to the local mosque. She selflessly serves others, providing translation, transportation, and other services needed by her new American neighbors.
  • Legacy Children's Foundation taps the power of relationships and community as it equips vulnerable teens with the skills and encouragement they need to succeed academically and socially .The nonprofit supports several neighborhood-based, after-school centers where Fargo and West Fargo students meet with mentors. Students, most of whom are new Americans or low-income, also organize community service projects each month. In the past, students have sewn hats for the homeless, started a food pantry, and visited with residents at a nearby memory care unit.