Our Mission

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Foundation, Inc. is established to promote multi-cultural activities and serve as a mechanism through which concerned individuals can support enhanced social, educational, health, and wellness services within the community.


The Foundation Receives Best of Reston Award

On April 28, 2011, the Reston Interfaith and Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 20th Annual Best of Reston Awards. This event honors individuals, organizations, and businesses that demonstrate commitment to community service and improving lives.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Foundation, Inc.  was recognized and honored as a top civic and community organization by the Best of Reston. As of 2010, the Foundation has awarded over $250,000 for 130 scholarships to college-bound students in the Northern Virginia area. The Foundation sponsors several events to raise scholarship funds for students in need.


Outstanding Educator Awards

The “Outstanding Educator Awards” are presented each year to an individual, group, and business in the community that has exhibited outstanding leadership in helping students develop positive attitudes about themselves as well as improved academic achievement. This award, a Tiffany and Company Crystal Apple, is representative of the commitment of the Foundation’s Board of Directors to honor those devoted to the growth and development of America’s most precious resources, its youth.

The Foundation feels that those who contribute most to the formative years of our youth should be honored since they help shape and mold the character of those who will determine the future well-being of the nation. The Foundation’s recognizes that, “Education comes in many ways: through a company that lends a mentor/tutor; through a counselor who helps in class selections or soothes a damaged ego or through a classroom teacher who clearly explains an algebraic concept.” From these contributions will come productive, creative and well rounded students, prepared to take on the challenges of the future.”

To nominate an Outstanding Educator in your life, please download and submit the completed nomination form to: The MLK Cultural Foundation, PO Box 8086, Reston, VA 20195.


The 2012 Outstanding Educator Award Recipients

Celeste Peterson

Celeste Peterson Co-founder of the Erin Peterson Fund

Robert Templin

Robert G. Templin President of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

Janice Winters

Dr. Janice L. Winters Former Fairfax County Public School teacher and George Mason University assistant professor