Allegheny County Bar Association’s Homer S. Brown Division to Host 13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on January 16

The Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark will receive The Drum Major For Justice Award

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – January 12, 2012. Officers of the Homer S. Brown Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that the Division will host the 13th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on January 16 at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in East Liberty. The event will begin with a buffet breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by a brief program. The media and general public are invited to attend.

According to Jennifer Arnette, Chair of the Homer S. Brown Division, “The Homer S. Brown Division is proud to again be hosting this prayer breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We want to ensure that the lessons Dr. King taught us are never forgotten, and the prayer breakfast provides the opportunity for the members of the community to come together to celebrate Dr. King’s life.”

Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark, of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, will receive the prestigious Drum Major For Justice Award. The name of the award originates from one of Dr. King’s final sermons about a eulogy that might be given in the event of his death. According to Dr. King, “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace.  I was a drum major for righteousness.  And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”

Judge Clark received her J.D. from Duquesne University Law School and a B.A. from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. After graduating from law school, she worked for Allegheny County Office of the District Attorney, rising from an Assistant District Attorney to a Deputy District Attorney.  Judge Clark was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County by then Governor Tom Ridge. She was elected to a full ten-year term in November 1999, and then won retention for another 10 year term in 2009.  Judge Clark was named the President of the Allegheny County Bar Association for the year 2005-2006 and was the first judge and first African American woman to hold this prestigious position. 

According to Howard Schulberg, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, Judge Clark is an excellent choice for the Drum Major for Justice Award. “This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to civil rights in western Pennsylvania and to the improvement of the local African-American community,” said Schulberg. “The individual should exemplify the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of civil rights, peace, and social justice.  For all of us who have had the pleasure of working with her and knowing her, we can say with certainty that Judge Clark is extremely deserving of this honor.”

Mount Ararat Baptist Church is located at 271 Paulson Ave. in East Liberty.

The Homer S. Brown Division (“HSBD”) is a professional division of the Allegheny County Bar Association of with approximately 200 African-American attorneys and jurists.  The division seeks to increase the legal knowledge of the community, protect political and civil rights, assist local law students, and benefit members by providing employment information, continuing legal education, and practice development opportunities.


Contacts: Howard J. Schulberg, Esquire
Allegheny County Bar Association
  Jennifer Arnette, Esquire
Homer S. Brown Division
Allegheny County Bar Association
  Tom Loftus
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