Steve Park, Little Lights’ Founder and Executive Director, has been named Georgetown University’s 2018 recipient of the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.

His life-long service and dedication to the community will be formally recognized during the university’s annual Let Freedom Ring Concert, a free celebration held January 15, 2018 at the Kennedy Center to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since 2003 Georgetown has awarded the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to civil rights icons, children’s rights advocates and other humanitarians, but only since 2012 has it started to recognize emerging local leaders.

“It is a tremendous honor,” says Steve. “I know some of the people who have won the award before, and knowing about their work, it’s a great honor to follow in that line of people.”

Previous recipients of the Legacy of a Dream Award include Rosa Parks, Colin and Alma Powell, Mary Brown of Life Pieces to Masterpieces, and George Jones of Bread for the City.

Steve’s acceptance of the award will mark the start of a one year partnership with Georgetown University, allowing Little Lights to leverage the expertise and resources of the university to enhance and strengthen its efforts within DC’s most vulnerable communities.

We are thrilled to see Steve’s commitment and humble leadership recognized with such an extraordinary honor!


Read Georgetown University’s award profile on Steve here: