Awards, ceremonies honor MLK legacy
January 19th marks the 24th year of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony presented by the Hopkins County African American Leadership Conference.
Dr. Dan Jones, CEO of Texas A&M University-Commerce, presides as the master of ceremonies over the event, which takes place inside the Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church on Fuller Street in Sulphur Springs at 7:00 p.m., and will honor a number of local residents with awards ranging from, “Spirit of Loyalty,” to, “MLK Man and Woman of the Year.”
Monday’s ceremony follows a similar event held at the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Commerce on Sunday, January 18th at 2:30 p.m., and presented by the Hunt County African American Leadership Conference.
Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, president of the conferences, says that an eight-person committee solicits nominations from people throughout the counties.
In Hunt county, “the organization believes those who exemplify the sprit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continue his legacy across the county. Over the last four years, we have honored over 200 individuals. The program is the only ecumenical, multi-racial event held in Hunt County. It’s truly a family affair, about which Dr. King would surely be proud,” said Hendricks.