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Beginning in 2019, the Kankakee County State's Attorney's Office will honor an individual who epitomizes commitment to the cause of social justice and community service in both word and action with The Justice Thurgood Marshall Humanitarian Award.  This award will be presented during Black History Month, and is in honor of the legal contributions Justice Marshall made to our country as the first African-American Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. 

The award is intended to recognize similar long-term contributions by members of the legal profession and community leaders to the advancement of human rights and restorative justice in Kankakee County.


Criteria for this award include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, human rights and restorative justice;

  • Record of community service or pro-bono work;

  • Advocacy for at-risk youth; and

  • Exceptional service and contributions to the African-American community of Kankakee County.

To nominate an individual, submit a letter explaining the reason for your recommendation. This letter should reflect as much information as possible to support the consideration of the nominee based on the criteria for award selection.  Be sure to include your contact information, along with the contact information for your nominee. 

Your nomination must be received by the State's Attorney's Office, either by email or regular mail, on or before January 1st.  Send your nomination to:

or via regular mail to:

State's Attorney's Office

c/o Justice Marshall Award Committee

450 East Court Street, 3rd Floor

Kankakee, IL 60901

The award will be presented on a date and at a location tbd.

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