This year will mark Hamilton’s 15th annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hamilton’s tribute to Dr. King will take place on Thursday, Jan. 11 at Faith Baptist Church — located at 2111 Kuser Road in Hamilton — beginning at 7 p.m. Admission to the ceremony is free.
“Still to this day, the great legacy of Dr. King stands as an enduring example for equality and compassion,” Mayor Kelly Yaede said. “I hope that many of our residents will once again join us for this beautiful annual tribute, which brings so many in our community together in honor of Dr. King.”
This year, as part of the ceremony’s tradition, the annual Spirit of the Community Service Award will be presented posthumously to Gary Gray, a former longtime principal at Hamilton’s Wilson Elementary School and first director of the Hamilton Township Bromley Neighborhood Community Center.
Additionally, three local high school students — Roldy Dupont of Steinert, Merna Adbel-Gleil of West and Beatrice Boyce of Nottingham— will receive Dr. King Community Service Scholarships.
A special keynote address will be given by Rev. Wayne Griffith, the pastor of First Baptist Lighthouse Center.
Also as part of the tribute ceremony will be remarks from and pastor Lance Walker of Faith Baptist Church, musical performances by the Hamilton High School West Jazz band and student Kaylee Thomas, along with performances by the Faith Baptist Church Choir.
The annual tribute is organized each year by the Hamilton Township Municipal Government and co-sponsored the CYO Bromley Neighborhood Center and the J.O. Wilson Neighborhood Service Center, as well as Faith Baptist Church, which graciously hosts the ceremony.