37th Annual MLK Human Rights Award Banquet is Jan. 19

Martin Luther King UFCW’s Robin Williams to present keynote address

The St. Louis Metro Area Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists will host the 37th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award Banquet Monday, Jan. 19, at Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Hall at 2319 Choteau Ave. in St. Louis.

The annual banquet recognizes individuals for their contributions to the St. Louis area community for social justice, human and labor rights in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Robin Williams, associate director of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union’s (UFCW) Civil Rights and Community Action Department, will provide the keynote address.


This year’s honorees include:

  • Denise Lieberman, senior attorney for the Advancement Project, a national, multi-racial civil rights organization founded by a team of veteran civil rights lawyers in 1999 to develop and inspire community-based solutions based on quality legal analysis and public education campaigns.
  • Rev. Traci Blackmon, pastor Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, who has been a front line leader in the Ferguson protest movement.
  • Montague Simmons, chair of the Organization for Black Struggle


Tickets are available for a donation of $45 per person or $450 for a table of 10. Make checks payable and mail to: CBTU, P.O. Box 5034, St. Louis, MO 63115.


To place an ad in the evening’s program booklet, email a jpeg, Office Word document or Adobe pdf file to Jay Ozier at jayozier@sbcglobal.net or call 314-435-1752.

Ad space is available at $125 for a full-page (5×8 inches) or $65 for a half-page (5×4 inches).


For more information, contact CBTU-StL President Mark Esters at 314-452-4092 or email markesters@hotmail.com.

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