THE 2020 SPIRIT OF KING AWARD CEREMONY

THE LAVELLE FAMILY—One of the two honorees at the annual Spirit of King Award Ceremony was Robert R. Lavelle, the founder of the Hill District’s Dwelling House Savings & Loan company. Mr. Lavelle was adamant in giving home loans to African Americans who oftentimes were excluded from obtaining loans from mainstream banks. Mr. Lavelle died in 2010 at age 94. The Spirit of King Award Ceremony, held this year on Jan. 16 at the Kingsley Association, is sponsored by the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the Kingsley Association and the New Pittsburgh Courier. (Photos by Courier photographer J.L. Martello)

THE SMITH FAMILY—One of the two honorees at the annual Spirit of King Award Ceremony was Nate Smith, who tirelessly fought to get Blacks in labor unions and was a fierce community advocate. Mr. Smith died in 2011 at age 82.
EDWARD GREENE, right, is recognized as a longtime committee member of the Spirit of King Award. Also pictured is committee member Eric Wells.

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