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Councilman Unseld to receive “Elijah P. Lovejoy” award for outstanding service to Metro Louisville

Tuesday August 1, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – On Wednesday evening, Metro Councilman George Unseld (D) 6 will join a distinguished group of Americans when he is honored for his community service.

The Improved and benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World will award Unseld the Elijah P. Lovejoy Award.

“It is an honor to be included among so many who have accomplished so much for all people,” said Unseld

The award is being presented during the 2006 Grand lodge Convention that began this past Saturday in Louisville.

Dr. Donald P. Wilson, Grand Exalted Ruler of the Elks, said of Unseld’s service to the community, “You have opened many doors and proven conclusively that if given the opportunity, all people are equal and capable of success at any level in our society.

The award was first presented in 1950. It was named after Elijah P. Lovejoy born in 1802 who was later called the ”martyr abolitionist” and his outspoken actions for civil rights for all.

Former New Jersey Governor Alfred E. Driscoll received the first award in 1950. Others who have been previous honorees include, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Vernon Jordan, Benjamin Hooks, Whitney Young and the Reverend Jessie Jackson.

“While I am glad to receive this honor, I am also delighted that the Elks have come to Louisville this week so all can see the positive influence this organization has on all of us,” said Unseld.

Some 8,000 members of the Order are on hand for this year’s convention.

The award will be presented at 5:30 on Wednesday August 2nd at the Galt House.

Sponsor:
George Unseld (D) 6