Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Service Award

The City of Oceanside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service award is an annual award given to a resident of the City of Oceanside or member of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton. The award is given to a resident who exemplifies the ideals and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who worked to advance civil rights, equal education, labor, and voter rights and who fought racial inequality through non-violence and civil disobedience. The Community Service Award began thirty years ago as a way to recognize persons in the community who have given time and energy through volunteerism to improve community life, develop positive relations in the community, and enhance the lives of individuals. The award has no restrictions as to race, ethnicity, gender, or type of service and is open to any resident of Oceanside or MCB Camp Pendleton.

The nomination process is as follows:

  1. Individual nomination forms are due to the City of Oceanside Housing Authority by 5:00 PM December 28, 2021 and will be reviewed for completeness.
  2. All complete nominations are forwarded to a volunteer Selection Committee appointed by the Housing Commission.
  3. The Committee meets the week of January 3, 2022 to share individual rankings and come to a consensus opinion as to the 2022 recipient.
  4. All nominees are recognized and the 2022 recipient is announced at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast commemorating the life and work of Dr. King sponsored by the North County Branch of the NAACP. This event will be held at the El Corazon Event Center, 3302 Senior Center Dr., Oceanside. More details to come and will be updated here as soon as available.
  5. The recipient receives a plaque at the event and a photo of the recipient is posted in the community rooms adjacent to the Oceanside Public Library.

The Selection Committee is now seeking nominations for the 2022 award. The DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 28, 2021.

2022 MLK, Jr. Service Award Nomination Form

For more information or submission of nominations, contact City staff at (760) 435-5044 or via email at

Previous Honorees

1990 Oscar Culp

1991 Terry Johnson

1992 Rev. Gerald Stinson

1993 Miriam Ship-Tolliver El

1994 Reginald Owens

1995 Kay and Harold Kutler

1996 Concha Hernandez Green and Connie Johnson

1997 Lillian Adams

1998 Alfonso C. Harris

1999 Milton C. Taylor

2000 E. Marie Swan

2001 Dorothy Foster

2002 SSgt. Matias Anderson

2003 Gwen Sander

2004 Rev. Clyde K. Shideler

2005 James McCargo

2006 Willie E. Little, Sr.

2007 Ronald Daniel

2008 Janet Bledsoe Lacy

2009 Joseph N. Farmer

2010 Dennis and Diana Cleary

2011 Kay Parker

2012 Colleen O'Harra

2013 Max Disposti

2014 Raye Clendening

2015 Charles Adams, Sr.

2016 Edith Jones

2017 Gerald Hampton

2018 Larry Hatter

2019 Cynthia Rice

2020 Alma Sisco-Smith

2021 Lt. Col. Eddie Bickham,

USMC (Ret)