James Glasson, a human services specialist at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, has won the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Staff Award.
Given annually by the University of South Carolina, the honor recognizes members of the USC community who "exemplify the philosophies of Dr. King through acts of community service, social justice or racial reconciliation," USCB said in a news release.
Glasson, who has a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Rhode Island, joined USCB's Human Services Program in 2005. His duties include teaching a variety of courses, coordinating the program's internships, and recruiting and advising students. Glasson has more than 30 years of experience teaching at the college level and working in human services.
Considered an agent of social change, according to school officials, Glasson and his students have contributed more than $1.2 million in services to the Lowcountry. Additionally, more than 500 of his students have been placed with local human service agencies, the school said.
Glasson received the award at a breakfast Wednesday at USC Columbia. The keynote speaker was Dr. King's friend Andrew Young, the former mayor of Atlanta and former ambassador to the United Nations. The breakfast was the first in a weeklong series of commemorative events conducted by USC to "pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."