Media Advisory: WFU Announces 2015 MLK ‘Building the Dream’ Award Winners

Associate librarian Hu Womack and seniors Nehemiah Rolle and Joe LeDuc have been named Wake Forest University’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. “Building the Dream” award winners.

The award is traditionally presented to a student and a professor or administrator from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community. This year, one campus leader and two students were recognized at Wake Forest.

In addition to his work as an instructional librarian, Hu Womack is a faculty fellow for South Hall and an academic adviser. He creates programs that are helpful and engaging to first year students and shares his time and energy supporting and mentoring members of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ community. Womack, who earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest in 1990 and his MBA in 2000, has been a full-time employee in the Z. Smith Reynolds library for more than 20 years.

Senior Nehemiah Rolle from Atlanta, a politics and international affairs major, is an active leader in the Roosevelt Institute at Wake Forest, a student-led, student-run organization dedicated to progressive public policy change and idea empowerment. He is also an associate editor of the Wake Forest Journal of International Affairs and a resident adviser.

Senior Joe LeDuc from Spokane, Wash., also a politics and international affairs major, serves as a steering committee member of “Forward Together,” Wake Forest’s interest group of the NAACP. He champions inclusiveness and justice for all members of the campus community.


About the award and the MLK Day Celebration
Faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest submit “Building the Dream” award nominations for their respective universities and a committee of representatives from each school selects winners. The recipients were recognized at an annual banquet celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held at Wake Forest on Jan. 20.

About Wake Forest University:
Wake Forest University combines the best traditions of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university. Founded in 1834, the school is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The University’s graduate school of arts and sciences, divinity school, and nationally ranked schools of law, medicine and business enrich our intellectual environment. Learn more about Wake Forest University at

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