Princeton University honors two with MLK Day Journey Awards
January 18, 2011
PRINCETON, NJ — Two members of the Princeton University community were honored January 17 with MLK Day Journey Awards, which recognize efforts to continue the journey to achieve Martin Luther King Jr.''s vision, according to Princeton University.
Josue Lajeunesse, a janitor who has been at Princeton since 1995, received the Journey Award for Special Achievement for his work to bring clean drinking water to his family''s village in Haiti, the article stated.
Lajeunesse, who is a lead janitor in Whitman College and other dormitories, was featured in the award-winning documentary "The Philosopher Kings," which tells the stories of eight janitors at universities across the country under the premise "in search of wisdom in unlikely places."
"Today he is pursuing new ways of helping his village, from health care to education — working quietly and without any expectation of reward," said Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman in presenting Lajeunesse with the Journey Award.
"In the process, he has upheld a number of important truths — that our responsibility for others extends far beyond our immediate family, and that even those with few material advantages can make a significant difference in the world."
According to the article, Thomas Parker, a mail carrier who has worked at the University since 1979, received the Journey Award for Lifetime Service for his role as an advocate and adviser to co-workers and for his dedication to community service.