Jamaican philanthropist and business leader Karl Hendrickson is the 2014 awardee of the Dr Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award for his outstanding contribution to human development in Jamaica.

The Jamaica America Friendship Association (JAFA), presenters of the award which is given to individuals or organisations serving their communities in the spirit of the late American civil rights leader and winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, said Hendrickson will be presented with the award at a banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on May 24.

Dr King, whose philosophy was based on selfless service and non-violent activism, campaigned for racial equality and human development, serving as an inspiration to persons not only in the United States of America but all over the world, including Jamaica.

The Dr Martin Luther King Award has been established in several communities and countries to help ensure that the legacy of Dr King as peacemaker and humanitarian will be passed on through generations to come.

In a distinguished career spanning decades, Hendrickson, Chairman of National Continental Corporation Limited, has made a significant and sustained contribution to facilitating human development. His record of philanthropy, particularly in the field of education, is well established, a JAFA release said.

Past Jamaican recipients of the award include former prime ministers Michael Manley and Edward Seaga; Lady Bustamante; Abe Issa; Carlton Alexander; Father Richard HoLung; Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International; Douglas Orane; Sir William Morris; and Food for the Poor.

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