NIAGARA FALLS – Nominations of individuals and organizations for awards that exemplify the ideals of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are being reviewed by committees in preparation for the city School District’s annual Martin Luther King celebration scheduled for Jan. 17.

Nominations, which already have been submitted by members of the community, are being reviewed by invited individuals and by the standing Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, according to Judie Gregory-Glaser, community relations director for the Niagara Falls schools. In addition, nominations for the city’s High School Youth Civil Rights Achievement Award will be reviewed by the High School Student Council for a final decision.

Gregory-Glaser said three awards will be presented during the Jan. 17 program: a Civil Rights Achievement Award and a Spirit of Dr. King Award, in addition to the Youth Civil Rights Achievement Award.

Candidates for the Spirit of Dr. King Award must perform their work in an unpaid capacity and set an example consistent with that of Dr. King in personal conduct, volunteer work, charitable efforts or promoting the dignity of others.Candidates for the Youth Award must be current students enrolled at Niagara Falls High School.