Georgetown University has announced that it will award Steve Park, executive director and founder of Little Lights Urban Ministries, the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award during its annual Let Freedom Ring Concert on Jan. 15. The free concert will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It honors the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. Since 2003 Georgetown has awarded the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to civil rights icons, children’s rights advocates and other humanitarians. Since 2012, it has recognized emerging local leaders.
Under Park’s leadership Little Lights has grown into a multi-site organization that serves about 900 children and families in the under-resourced Potomac Gardens, Hopkins and Benning Terrace public housing complexes. Previous recipients of the Legacy of a Dream Award include Rosa Parks, Colin and Alma Powell, Mary Brown of Life Pieces to Masterpieces and George Jones of Bread for the City.