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Update: Martin Luther King Day: Hopkins County 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony Has Been Postponed

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Update: The event has been postponed due to the Winter Weather Advisory issued for the area, according to organizer Dr. LaVelle Hendricks. Travel is expected to deteriorate in early evening.

Dr. Ray Keck, President of Texas A & M Commerce, will serve as Master of Ceremony for the 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony is set for 7 p.m. Monday, January 15, 2018, at Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.


SCRIPTURE:  The Honorable B.J. Teer     Hopkins County Justice of Peace,  Precinct I

PRAYER: Hopkins County Commissioner    Wade Bartley, Precinct 3

Presentation of Colors:  Hopkins County Military Collation

Pledge of Allegiance Lead by  Jatavion Hall

“God Bless America”—Sister Della Robinson

Welcome:  W.C. PRYOR   “Mayor of Birch Creek”




Shalyn Gotcher, Lucia Esteban, and Maegan Dial

 Silvesta Alexander-Teacher
Holly Folmar- Douglas Principal


Speaker: Dr. Mark Bryant, Pastor                                            First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs, TX

Offering (Please contribute at least $10.00 or be generous) Make checks payable to HCAALC.  Your contributions ensure the continued success for programs of this nature in our community


Dr.  LaVelle Hendricks                                               Dr. Harold Nash



Spiritual                                      Angela Sanders

Freedom Award                           Chris Spivey

Spirit of Loyalty                           Jennifer Yarbough, Damion Dugan

Spirit of Dependability               Barbara Brown

Humanitarian                              Lisa Debase

Medical Award                            Dr. Somji Trish

Social Change                             Kevin Debase

Mother of the Year                    Joyce Moore

Father of the Year                      Pastor D.K. Young

Legacy of King                            Tommy Clayton

Spirit of Service                          Prince Beachum

Spirit of Fellowship                    Myder Kelly

Choice of Excellence                  George Taylor


Special Achievement Award: Merlene Ross, Gilbert and Loletha Roland, Robert Harris, Dewayne Harris, Lester Henley, Charles and Wanda Allen, WC Pryor, Dwight Clayton, Clyde Debase,  Rowena Johnson, Willie and Marcie Porter,

King’s Kids                                  Lil 4’s

Youth of the Year                       Kaylee Jefferson and Didris Dugan

Family of the Year                     Broderick and Chereasha Hall-Godbolt

Music                                            Clavin Hickerson


Church of the Year                                  True Gospel Ministries

Political Award                                         Mickey Barker

Encouragement                                        Liz Godfrey

Evangelism Award                                   Yvonne  Thornton

Faithfulness                                               Bennie Berry

MLK Media                                                Isabel Reyna

Commitment Award                                Glovinia Johnson

Employer of The Year                             First Choice and Nanie Day Care

Employees of the Year:                           Nan Sims-Harris, Kim Johnson

Law Enforcement                                    James “Jay” Sanders

Spirit of Dedication                                 Terry Williams

Pastor of the Year                                    C.J. Duffey

MLK Educators of The Year                  Superintendent Mike Lamb, Vanessa Abron


MLK Man of the Year                             Bennie Harris                   

MLK Woman of the Year                       Jose Nash

Promise Land Award                             Bryant Jackson

Leadership Award                                  Judge B.J. Teer                  



TaRayla Kelley, Kenadie Pruitt. Jensen Jumper. Zion Nelson. Kimberly  Negrete. Amerson Boles. Alexia Chavez. Jonathan Alvarez.


MLK TEACHERS OF THE YEAR                                                                                                    

Amanda Ridner, Mary Surber, Anna Hicks, Toni Maddox, Amanda Thompson, Brittany Hicks, Robin Steed, Kelly Shutt, Gerald Grafton, Susan Reynolds



Milton Phifer, Jackie Jackson, Tiffany Pryor, Pastor H. B. Nash, Pastor Troy Young, Pastor D.K. Young, Bishop Nelson Gatlin, WC Pryor, Tom Sellers, Roy King, Robert Newsom, Jason Cunningham, Prince Beachum, Yvonne King, Butch Adams, Mike Odell,

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