(Top) Keith Tonkel greeting Myrlie Evers (Bottom, l to r) Maxie Dunnam and Keith Tonkel accepting Emma Elzy Award on behalf of the surviving Born of Conviction Statement signers.
Keith Tonkel sends a message following the presentation of the Emma Elzy award at annual conference on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Tonkel was one of 28 ministers who were honored for their bravery to stand against discrimination in 1963, by signing the historic document known as the Born of Conviction Statement. Myrlie Evers, the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers presented the Elzy award to Tonkel and Maxie Dunnam who accepted on behalf of all the signers. In a notice to The Circuit Rider, Tonkel shares what was on his heart that morning.
"Thanks all who attended the conference session last Sunday for the service and the Elzy Award moment. Thanks to all of you who have over the years lifted and healed our lives with your prayers. And for all the prayers now being lifted for those of us who need them. The Emma Elzy award is special. Recognizing these achievements is equally special. We have promises to keep, and miles to go before we sleep. Good journeys begun and need to continue. God loves you, God bless you. We thank you."