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Nov 26, 2012 4:26 PM by Victor L. Villa

Douglas man to receive community service award from ASU

TUCSON - The 2013 winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Servant Leadership Award is Antonio Bustamante, an Arizona resident who grew up in Douglas, Arizona.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Servant Leadership Award is awarded to nominated individuals who have shown service within their community. According to Natasha Karaczan, an Information Specialist at Arizona State University, the winners of the MLK Servant Award are capable of demonstrating service, foresight, listening, and trust within their community.

Bustamante has had a passion for advocacy since he was a child, inspired by his mother's desire to stand for what she believed in and the events of the civil rights movement, according to a news release from ASU.

In 1973, Antonio joined Cesar Chavez's United Farmers Workers Movement, becoming a part of Chavez's inner circle.

After his work with the United Farmers Workers Movement, Antonio used what he learned from Cesar Chavez to bring justice to undocumented workers, who were tortured and abused in the Hanigan Case. After six years of courtroom clashing, he had Patrick Hanigan convicted and imprisoned, according to the release.

"Working on civil rights issues has been the greatest thing in my life outside of my family and loved ones because it allowed me to fulfill my life's dream," Bustamante said.

Bustamante is currently an attorney residing in Phoenix, advocating for human and civil rights in the Chicano/Latino community and among immigrants.

The MLK Servant Leadership award will be awarded on January 23, 2013 alongside the MLK Student Leadership Award at the Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast. This will take place at the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University between 7 and 9 a.m.

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