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11th Annual Dr. King Awards Dinner

Posted: Dec 17, 2021

Join us as we celebrate our community honorees for the 11th Annual Dr. King Awards Dinner.

Date and time
Sat, Jan 15, 2022, 6:00 PM EST

Martin Luther King Center Greenroom
312 Chestnut Street
Erie, PA 16507

About this event

On Saturday, January 15th, you are cordially invited to the 11th Annual Dr. King Awards Dinner at the Martin Luther King Center. Join us as we celebrate this year’s community award recipients. Our theme this year is The Witness: A Firsthand Account at Lorraine Motel with Guest Speaker Ms. Clara Ester.

Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact James C. Sherrod, Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Center at 814.459.2761


All guests will be requested to either show a negative COVID test result within five days of the Dinner or present their COVID-19 vaccination card prior to entry.

About Our Guest Speaker:

Clara Ester was actively engaged in the Civil Rights Movement and personally witnessed the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As an active worker in the Civil Rights Movement in Memphis, Tennessee, what began as a five-month community survey assignment grew to two years, then to a thirty-nine year relationship with thousands of families who “embraced me and took me in as one of their own.” Her in-depth and personal understanding of the fight for the sanitation workers, which had brought Dr. King to Memphis, fueled her life work in social welfare and justice. Among so many vocations, Ms. Ester became one of the founding members of Habitat for Humanity of Mobile and People United to Advance the Dream. Clara Ester is a native Memphian and retired deaconess of The United Methodist Church, having served primarily in the Alabama-West Florida Conference in Mobile, Alabama.

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