Each year, the Spirit of King Award Ceremony honors the lifetime achievements of a local resident who pursues human rights and equality in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


2019: Harvey Adams, Jr. and Judge Walter R. Little  

2018: Katie Everette-Johnson  

2017: Cmdr. Gwen Elliott and Walt Harper  

2016: Dorothy I. Height and Dr. Curtis Walker  

2015: K. Leroy Irvis  

2014: Rev. LeRoy Patrick and August Wilson  

2013: Dr. Barbara Ann Sizemore  

2012: Dr. Edna Beatrice Chappell McKenzie and Monsignor Charles Owen Rice  

2011: Rowlette Brown and Malvin R. Goode  

2010: Bishop Charles H. Foggie and Jake Milliones, Ph.D.  

2009: Frank E. Bolden and Charles "Teenie" Harris  

2008: Richard F. Jones, Esq. and Mamie H. Lee  

2007: Robert E. Williams  

2006: Dr. Eugene Lloyd Youngue, Jr. and Everett Emory Utterback, Esq.  

2005: Florence Reizenstein and Rev. Elmer Louis Williams  

2004: William Clarence "Billy" Eckstine and George W. Gaines, Sr.  

2003: Dr. Selma Hortense Burke and Charles Henry Kindle  

2002: Dr. Alma Johnson Illery and Dr. James A. Stewart  

2001: Hazel Garland and Dr. Oswald Jerry Nickens  

2000: Louis Mason, Jr. and Frankie Pace  

1999: Oliver Wendell Mason  

1998: Oliver Livingstone Johnson  

1997: Daisy E. Lampkin  

1996: John Brewer, Sr. and Robert L. Vann  

1995: Mary Cardwell Dawson  

1994: Roberto Clemente and Josh Gibson  

1993: Mary Elizabeth Goode Dudley  

1992: Margaret L. Dobbins Milliones  

1991: James McCoy, Jr.  

1990: Matthew Moore, Sr.  

1989: Wilhelmina Byrd Brown  

The Spirit of King ceremony is sponsored by the Kingsley Association, the New Pittsburgh Courier and Port Authority of Allegheny County.