Rep. Bell Honors Community Leaders At MLK Holiday Celebration
(STATEHOUSE) January 16, 2009 - Representative Matt Bell (R-Avilla) presented seven distinguished individuals with awards at the State's King Holiday Celebration and Educational Youth Summit at the Indiana State Museum on Thursday. This is an annual celebrated hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission. Rep. Bell is an acting commissioner.
Rep. Bell granted three different awards that all commemorated seven Hoosiers whose major societal influence break down barriers that have divided us in the past or building on going relationships that foster respect and harmony amongst our communities and living the dream Dr. King Jr. spoke of. The seven commemorated are Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder, Tuskegee Airmen Walter J. Palmer and Arthur Carter, Brownsburg Rotarian James G. Graham, I.T. Business Corporation President Tony Buford, and HUD Field Office Director John R. Hall and Dr. Meredith Carter.
"I am humbled and honored to be a part of this celebration," said Rep. Bell. "Even more I am thrilled to represent Hoosiers' gratitude for the efforts and accomplishments of these community leaders."
Snyder, Palmer and Arthur all received the Freedom Award. The Passing the Torch award was given to Graham for encouraging the youth to fight for equality and freedom for all. Rep. Bell concluded with the Chairman's Award to Buford for his commitment to minority businesses, and Hall and Dr. Carter for their dedication to fundamental community needs.
"Dr. King taught and still teaches us life lessons we continue to strive for," Rep. Bell commented. "With this commission and this celebration ceremony we are laying the foundation our state and children to continue to teach and live by his lessons."