By TIM ROWDEN
The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) will celebrate the 30th Annual Ernest and De Verne Calloway Awards Banquet Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Marriott Grand Hotel in St. Louis.
The annual awards are given in honor and memory of Ernest and De Verne Calloway, former director of education for Teamsters Local 688 and his wife De Verne Calloway, who was the first female African-American state representative elected to the Missouri Legislature.
The 2016 awardees are: Nancy Cross International vice president of SEIU and Jamala Rogers, author and president emeritus of the Organization for Black Struggle.
Cross is being honored for outstanding leadership in the St Louis Labor and Political Community and advocacy for racial and social justice issues.
Rogers is being recognized for her lifelong support for local and national criminal justice reform and advocacy for labor, civil and human rights around the world.
Carmen Berkley, director of the AFL-CIO Human & Women’s Rights Department, will be the keynote speaker.
The evening will start with a reception and cash bar at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards program at 7 p.m.
Donations for the banquet are $75 per person person or $750 for a table of 10. RSVP by Oct. 15.
Make checks payable to: CBTU, P.O Box 5034, St. Louis MO 63115. Call 314-495-5635 for more information.
A Calloway Awards ad book also is planned. Full-page ads are $200 and half-page ads are $110.
To place an ad in the book, email a jpeg, Office Word document or Adobe pdf document to Jay Ozier at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Jay at (314) 435-1752 for more information.