The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)-St. Louis Chapter celebrated its 43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Awards Jan. 16 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 36’s Grand union hall in St. Louis.
This year’s honorees included:
• Kevin Fitzgerald, a tireless activist for Labor rights and community justice, retiree of Insulator and Asbestos Workers Local 1, and member of the CBTU-St. Louis.
• Adeyemo “Adey” Sodipo, owner of Claychester Cleaners, trustee at Chaminade College Preparatory School and a board member at Show Me Integrity and the Crime Victims Advocacy Center.
• Terrolon “Terri” Brown, manager at the Missouri Department of Social Services.
The annual awards recognize the honorees for their contributions to the community and Organized Labor in the tradition of Dr. King.
State Senator Karla May (D-St. Louis) was the keynote speaker. Remarks were also made by St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Megan Green and St. Louis Labor Council President Pat White.