Professor Phillip Dotson receives LeMoyne-Owen College Community Partnership MLK Golden Award
LeMoyne-Owen College Art Professor Phillip Dotson on Monday (Jan. 21) was awarded the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Partnership MLK Golden Award for his longtime advocacy for safe and clean neighborhoods.
Michael Robinson, chair of LOC’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, presented the award to Professor Dotson during the college’s Day of Service neighborhood cleanup, which was part of the college’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday activities.
“Professor Dotson has exhibited longtime leadership in the community in dealing with crime and blight,” Chairman Robinson said.
Chairman Robinson helped established the award, which is named after the late Dr. Cheryl Golden, the beloved LeMoyne-Owen College administrator, professor and mentor who died Jan. 11, 2018.
He said Dr. Golden was an instrumental force in founding the LOC Community Partnership.
At the time of her death, Dr. Golden was a professor of psychology. But during her time at LeMoyne-Owen, she had many roles, including creating initiatives and forming community partnerships to improve the lives of neighborhood residents.
Steve Shular, special assistant to the Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland for Neighborhood Concerns, said Professor Dotson was one of the originators of the joint agency partnership with various Memphis city government and Shelby County government agencies that have been meeting monthly since 2008.
About 100 volunteers braved chilly temperatures to participate in the cleanup, including Shular, students representing campus organizations, employees of ALSAC/St. Jude and volunteers from Clean Memphis.