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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

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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.

2021 MLK Day Award Winners

  • Clara Derby believes racial injustice is closely linked to environmental brutality. As a result, she is a strong advocate for Black Lives Matter, as well as a leader for climate and environmental changes. In response, Clara arranged the Climate Emergency March combined with members of the BLM in Fargo during September of 2020. She also organized a march against the abuse of people of color.
  • Nola Storm is one of the co-founders and current vice president of Growing Together Community Gardens, a project that encourages more than 150 New American families to plant and care for community garden plots. Last year, Growing Together donated more than 2,500 pounds of produce to the Emergency Food Pantry. While much produce is grown, the project and Nola have also succeeded in growing relationships between community members.
  • WIN-Liberia provides support for Liberian women and children in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Founded by Precious Grapeh, the nonprofit caters to the specific needs of single mothers, youth and vulnerable adults by strengthening their traditions and core values. Services include mentoring, after-school programs and financial literacy education. WIN-Liberia has played a particularly important role during the pandemic as it helps community members succeed through challenges brought on by economic loss and uncertain times.