Allegheny County Bar Association’s Homer S. Brown Division to Host 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on January 20

The Hill House Association will receive The Drum Major For Justice Award

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – January 16, 2014.  Officers of the Homer S. Brown Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that the Division will host the 15th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on January 20 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 Cynthia Moore, 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. The prayer breakfast provides the opportunity for the members of the community to come together to celebrate Dr. King’s life.”

The Hill House Association 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.”

The Hill House Association is an independent nonprofit organization offering a wide range of programs and services to Pittsburgh's Hill District community and surrounding areas. Through its unique multi-generational service model, dedicated staff, and redevelopment efforts, the Hill House continues to positively impact the futures of the residents and communities it serves. 

The Hill House traces its heritage to the early 1900s, when two of its predecessor agencies—the Anna B. Heldman (formerly the Irene Kaufmann) and Soho Settlement Houses—helped European immigrants, and later Jewish settlers, adapt to their new lives in Pittsburgh. Patterned on the settlement house concept, the Hill House Association was the first agency to combine health, welfare, recreation, and community programs in the city’s African-American community. Its philosophy—unchanged since its beginnings—empowered individuals to change, become models for their family, and gradually reweave the community’s social fabric. Over the past four decades, it is estimated that the Hill House has provided care and support for more than 500,000 children, adults and seniors living in urban environments. The Hill House serves clients through five strategic program areas: early learning and child development, youth services, family and workforce development, senior services and neighborhood services. In addition, the agency offers complementary health and human services to its clients through 10 tenant agencies that reside on the Hill House campus.

According to Nancy Heilman, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Hill House Association is especially deserving of the Drum Major for Justice Award. “Hill House has provided care and support for hundreds of thousands of children and adults through a variety of programs and services, and continues that mission on a daily basis,” said Heilman. “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 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.



Nancy L. Heilman
Allegheny County Bar Association

Cynthia B. Moore, Esquire
Homer S. Brown Division
Allegheny County Bar Association

Tom Loftus
Director of Marketing and Media Relations
Allegheny County Bar Association