Mike Ringo (CBTU StL, treasurer), Pastor Traci Blackmon (Christ the King UCC), Denise Lieberman (senior attorney, Advancement Project), Montague Simmons (chairperson, Organizations of Black Struggle), Mark Esters (president, CBTU-StL).

The Youth Committee of St. Louis Chapter of The Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU) recently hosted CBTU’s 37th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Awards Banquet.

The Human Rights Awards was presented to the following individuals for their contributions around the community for social justice, human and labor rights in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year’s awardees were Denise Lieberman, Advancement Project senior attorney; Pastor Traci Blackmon, Christ the King United Church of Christ and Ferguson Commission member; and Montague Simmons, chair of Organization for Black Struggle.”

“With the death of Michael Brown along with protesting and demonstrations that followed in Ferguson, these individuals – including their own organizations and  in co-operation with 50-plus organizations that make up the Don’t Shoot Coalition –   have step forward and continue to make social change a priority on a daily basis  in Dr. King’s legacy,” CBTU said in a statement. 

Robin Williams, Associate Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), International Union was the keynote speaker.

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