VENICE — Third Judicial Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder received a 2015 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award during a Martin Luther King Day celebration.
The presentation was made during the 18th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance and Awards Program held by the New Shining Light Church Feed the Hungry and Outreach Ministry.
The award was presented by Bishop John Henry Williams and states: “Truly we can say freedom is ringing because of your integrity and fairness …Truly, your support to Venice, Madison and Venice Township citizens has made a difference in our lives. We would like to present to you this Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award for a job well done….”
Crowder is the chair of the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, which provides free legal appointments to people with limited incomes who do not have attorneys. She also is chair of the Family Violence Prevention Council of the Third Judicial Circuit and heads the Community Outreach committee of the Madison County Bar Association. Crowder has distributed brochures about the pro bono committee programs and handled donations to the communities. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Judges Association and is a past president of the Illinois Judges Foundation.
Crowder was recognized along with other members of the community who have supported and donated to programs to assist the citizens of Madison and St. Clair counties who reside in the Venice and Madison area. The ceremony featured a recitation of the “I have a dream” speech for which Dr. King is famous, along with a guest speaker, the Rev. John Summer, who spoke of his time in South Africa during apartheid.