Allegheny County Bar Association’s Homer S. Brown Division to Host 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on January 19

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh will receive The Drum Major For Justice Award

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – January 14, 2015. Officers of the Homer S. Brown Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that the Division will host the 16th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on January 19 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 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The media and general public are invited to attend.

According to Jim Creenan, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “We are proud to again be hosting this prayer breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The prayer breakfast provides the opportunity for the members of the community to come together to celebrate Dr. King’s life.”

According to Tyra Oliver, Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Homer S. Brown Division, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh will be honored with the 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.”

Recently ranked as one of the top performing Urban League affiliates in the nation, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is one of only two affiliates to achieve this highest ranking in back-to-back performance reviews.

At the 95 year old Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Southwestern Pennsylvanians join together in efforts designed to enable African Americans to achieve economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. Through vital programs in employment and jobs training, education and youth development, family and child development, housing and self-sufficiency, we work to level the playing field for all Americans and to equip disadvantaged families to care for themselves. The Mission of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights.

Oliver said the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is especially deserving of the Drum Major for Justice Award. “The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh has been working to improve the lives of African-Americans in the Pittsburgh area for over 90 years,” said Oliver. “The Urban League's commitment to our community and the services that it provides embody the legacy of Dr. King. We believe that the Urban League has spent a lifetime committed to social justice, peace and the betterment of humanity. The bar association and our Homer S. Brown Division are proud to present this prestigious award to this outstanding organization.”

The Homer S. Brown Division (“HSBD”) is a professional division of the Allegheny County Bar Association 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.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,500 member attorneys, judges, district magistrate justices, legal administrators, and paralegals.

 

Jim Creenan
President, Allegheny County Bar Association
724-733-8832

Tyra Oliver, Esquire
Chair
Homer S. Brown Division
Allegheny County Bar Association
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Tom Loftus
Director of Marketing and Media Relations
Allegheny County Bar Association
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