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Lomax Honored at MLK Awards Luncheon

Lomax Honored at MLK Awards Luncheon

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission hosted their 2022 MLK Leadership Awards Luncheon Thursday, January 13, 2022, in the University of Tennessee Student Union Ballroom.

Charles Lomax (’06) received the Diversity Champion Award for his work to impact and transform lives, empower and equip leaders, and uplift his community.

“This is one of the awards I am most proud of and there are so many people I’m grateful to for making this a reality,” Lomax said during his acceptance speech.

During his undergraduate career as a student in the UT Department of Sociology, Lomax fell in love with the local political process while working with the Knox County Election Commission to pay his way through school. When he graduated in 2006, he knew he wanted to use his training in the service and care of family and his community.

Lomax continued his education after graduating from UT and earned his master of divinity degree from the Morehouse School of Religion. In 2018, he received his doctor of ministry from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a focus on leadership and community witness.

Today, Reverend Lomax serves as the senior pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Alcoa and the director of community empowerment for the City of Knoxville. Read more about his experiences and his commitment to diversity.

In addition to Lomax, the MLK Commission honored the following with leadership awards:

· Advocacy Award: Keith Gray, chief medical officer at the UT Medical Center

· Business Award: Danny Jones, Obsidian Barber and Beauty Salon

· MLK Chair’s Award: Steve Davis, GEM Community Development Group

· Education Award: Tammi Campbell, principal at Austin-East High School

UT sponsors for the event included the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Africana Studies, among others. View an image gallery from the Knoxville News Sentinel and a  clip of the awards ceremony online.

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