MIT Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee

MLK Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement is a special award created to mark MIT’s 40th anniversary celebration of its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast and program.  Its purpose is to honor an individual or group that has displayed a commitment of service to others and dedication to positive social changes in their community.


40th Celebration Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Wesley L. Harris

Wesley L. Harris is the recipient of the 40th MLK Jr. Celebration Lifetime Achievement award.  This is a special award given only during decennial celebrations to acknowledge a community member who has given in dedicated service to the MIT Community.  Wesley has been a MIT professor at many different points in his career.   He first served as professor from 1972-79 and then again from 1996 until present. He was also the very first Director of MIT's Office of Minority Education from 1975 to 1978.  Wes served as Head of Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Housemaster for New House Residence Hall and most recently as the Associate Provost for Faculty Equity.  Wes is being honored for his ongoing commitment to ensuring that all students achieve academically at MIT and his work on increasing diversity efforts for faculty.