The April 4th Foundation provides recognition through the issuance of awards to acknowledge and promote excellence in the field of economic justice and equality as Dr. King dreamed.
The I AM A MAN Award ®
This award is presented to those individuals who continue to strive to keep Dr. Martin Luther King's " Dream " alive and to bring it into being.
The I AM A MAN Award ® was trademarked by the Foundation in 2003.
Past recipients of this prestigious award: Harry Belafonte, Judge Joe Brown, President William "Bill" Clinton, William Lucy (AFSCME), Rev. Joseph Lowery (SCLC), Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congressmen: John Conyers, Harold Ford, Sr., John Lewis, and Bobby Rush; Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pfleger, Dr. Tommie Tonea Stewart, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian.
The Open Door Award
Based on Corinthians 2:12, this award is given to persons who have 'opened doors' for others. Starting in 2000, this award has provided a way of recoginizing the work of those paving the way to the realization of the "Dream."