For 37 years, our association has celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a memorial breakfast, and 2022 is no different!


On this day, we honor and celebrate the life, teachings, and legacy of Dr. King. This holiday is a great reminder of how Dr. King’s life’s work is part of our mission every day; to bring people in the community together, to nurture individual potential – especially of youth, and to welcome ALL people. Although gone for more than 50 years, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lives in our hearts, with his words and actions continuing to be an inspiration to us all every day.

We’d like to thank Erik Jefferson for emceeing today’s program, and Vernell Warlick for his wonderful performance.

In honor of the great work of Dr. King and in reflection of his service to our world, we recognize the members of our community listed below who exemplify excellence and represent his values in today’s world. Congratulations to all of the award winners!


Dr. Echols 
2022 YMCA Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award

Lorraine Hall
2022 YMCA Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Award

David Noble and Midland States Bank
2022 YMCA Martin Luther King, Jr. Strong Community Award


"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands during challenge and controversy."

~  Dr. King in his book, The Strength to Love.