Montrealers Receive Martin Luther King Awards

Rev. John Walsh, pastor of St. Jean Brébeuf Roman Catholic parish in LaSalle, the Trevor Williams Kids Foundation and entertainment producers Keith and Karyn Lewis, were honoured Monday with the Martin Luther King Legacy Award during a presentation breakfast at Montreal City Hall

Rev. John Walsh, pastor of St. Jean Brébeuf Roman Catholic parish in LaSalle, the Trevor Williams Kids Foundation and entertainment producers Keith and Karyn Lewis, were honoured Monday with the Martin Luther King Legacy Award during a presentation breakfast at Montreal City Hall

The award is presented annually by the U.S. consul-general to groups or individuals who best exemplify King’s ideals.

Montreal is the first city in Canada to officially recognize the third Monday in January as Martin Luther King Day – a tribute to the black U.S. civil rights activist who was slain in 1968.

Walsh, who has a show on CJAD, was cited for a lifetime of devotion to humanism and intercultural exchange. The Trevor Williams Foundation was recognized for its work with marginalized youngsters, and siblings Keith and Karen Lewis were honoured for producing events that have raised the profile of the black community, and for sponsoring the annual Free Caribbean Christmas dinner, which served 950 meals to the less fortunate.