CLEMSON – Three people have been named recipients of Clemson University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Excellence in Service.

The awards are presented each year by the Diversity Office and President’s Office to recognize people who have shown excellence in their service to the Clemson community.

Award winners Amber Lange (left), A.D. Carson and Myrtede Alfred stand with guest speaker Sybrina Fulton.

Award winners Amber Lange (left), A.D. Carson and Myrtede Alfred (right) stand with guest speaker Sybrina Fulton.

This year, two students were chosen to receive the award: Myrtede Alfred and A.D. Carson. Amber Lange received the staff award.

The recipients were chosen based on their service to Clemson and the surrounding community, their advocacy for social or environmental justice and their service above and beyond their direct employment.

Alfred, a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant in industrial engineering, serves the community as a tutor at the Clemson Homework Center, which helps high school students with their homework and class projects. She is also the coordinator for #CUFutureScholars and the project manager of the Clemson chapter of Alpha Phi Mu. She is also involved with the Call Me Doctor project, which works to encourage students of color to pursue advanced degrees.

Carson, a Ph.D. student in Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design, has dedicated his time and service to Clemson by writing extensively on the history of race and on contemporary problems involving race at Clemson. He established the “See The Stripes” campaign, which acknowledges Clemson’s complex racial past while celebrating its commitment to diversity and inclusion today. He has also organized events that brought speakers, artist, musicians and poets to campus to create an open dialogue about social justice.

Over the past seven years, Lange has helped almost 500 students matriculate through the Emerging Scholars Program, which guides high school students in economically disadvantaged areas in reaching their goals of getting accepted into and eventually graduating from college. Her extensive support for program participants and their families has impacted the community by cultivating future leaders, scholars and advocates.

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