The African American Historical Commission of Camden will hold its 9th Annual MLK
Freedom Celebration on Jan 14-15, according to a press release.

This year, the event will feature a Day of Praise at Greater New Calvary COGIC in Camden. Ark., at 3:45PM on Jan. 14. This event will feature the first performance from the MLK Mass MaleChorus - men from the male choruses of Mt. Gillard, Pilgrim Rest, St. Paul, Hickory Ridge and more. Also performing during the event is author and gospel recording artist Jennifer Page, COGIC Jurisdiction Four Choir director Harold Wade Senior along with AAHCC Hall of Famers evangelist Sheila Torrence Staten and vocalist Laura Heard.

Also during the program, AAHCC will present the MLK AWARDS and inductions into their Hall of Fame Class of 2018.


MLK Humanities
Velmon Johnson

Bernice Calahan Clary Service Award
Charles Elliott

MLK Spirit Award
Kevin Franklin

MLK Lifetime Achievement Award
Rudy Galbert

MLK Timeless Dreamer Award
Willie Charles Cole

Hall of Fame Inductees for 2018
Education – Artie Furlow

Government/Law Enforcement – Charles Reed and Billy Seals

Spiritual/Religion - Rev. H.E. Anderson and Bishop Wallace Johnson

Historic Institutions – St. James A.M.E. Church- Camden

Good Home– Ouachita County

Community Service – Rev. and Mrs. Kevin Tate

Music – SheilaTorrence and Laura Heard

Sports – Tyree Webster

1969 Lincoln HIigh School Basketball Championship Team

Bisiness – Alvernon McHenry

Sports and Business - James Thrower

The event will be free of charge and the community of Camden is encouraged to attend this very special event.

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