The Andersons accept the Hal and Bettye Thurmond Award
The Christian County Senior Center was packed Thursday morning for Mayor Dan Kemp's annual Unity Breakfast, where attendees heard an inspiring message and recognized the winners of this year's Hal and Bettye Thurmond Award.
Eva Self from Hopkinsville Community College was the keynote speaker. Ms. Self recounted the months after an accident over 30 years ago that paralyzed her from the waist down, and said she had to come to love herself again before she could do the work she was meant to do.
The Hopkinsville High School Chamber Choir sang several selections before the awards ceremony. Mayor Kemp presented the Unity Award, which is designed to identify community members who contribute to the spirit of unity and collaboration,to Reverend Doctor Isabelle Soberal. Mayor Kemp said Doctor Soberal has been instrumental in connecting English and Spanish Speaking residents of the community through multiple churches and ministries at the Salvation Army.
Reverend Soberal called Hopkinsville her “paradise” and thanked the community for embracing her and her cause.
The Hal and Bettye Thurmond Award is given to a person or persons who exhibit a longtime commitment to building race relations in the area. Last year's winner, Reverend Buddy Slaughter, presented the award to Aaron McNeil House Director Curt Anderson and his wife Susan.
Curt Anderson thanked the Human Relations Commission and City of Hopkinsville for the honor, but directed the praise and recognition toward the mission and efforts of the Aaron McNeil House.
Mayor Kemp and Judge-Executive Steve Tribble read a joint proclamation at the beginning of the program, recognizing the importance of unity in Hopkinsville and Christian County.
Reverend Dr. Isabelle Soberal receives Unity Award
Eva Self was the keynote speaker