Back in January of this year, 2016, I had the pleasure to photograph the Martin Luther King Jr. Awards ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. This was to honor two women, Shane Harris who received the Visionary of the Future award and Antoinette Ellis-Williams to receive the Steward of Dream award.
The NJPAC Youth Chorus opened with Lift Every Voice and Sing, everyone stood up to join them in song. While I was taking pictures, I couldn’t help but sing as well. The president of NJPAC, John Schreiber, introduced Donna Walker-Kuhne, who then introduced Rick Thigpen of PSE&G. Afterwards, the President of the Newark Chapter of the NAACP, Ms. Deborah Gregory, spoke.
What I found one of the more adorable parts of the event was Antoinette’s husband, Junius Williams, introduced her with a cute story.
The Jubilation Chorus was amazing to listen to, and as I too sing in a choir, it was an added bonus to my ears and wished that I could join them!
Thank you all for letting me photograph your event. It’s always a great time and hearing everyone speak was uplifting and lovely!