LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The411: Tonight, the Metro Disability Coalition will host their 20th Annual Breaking Barriers Spotlight Awards at Our Lady of Sorrows, 770 Eastern Parkway from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.   

The awards ceremony will honor community unsung heroes and community leaders in their various fields from service workers, educators to youth who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those in need. Several Jefferson County Public Schools, (JCPS) students and faculty will be honored.

Here’s a list of this year’s recipients: 

Elementary Student: D’Angelina McMillan - Engelhard Elementary

Elementary Educator: Mary “Katie” Telek - Heuser Hearing & Language Academy

Middle School Student: Amosi Bilombele - Newcomer Academy

Middle School Educator: Krista Riley - Western Middle School for the Arts

High School Student: Ella Robinson - duPont Manual High School

High School Educator: Lauren Niemann - Fern Creek High School

Merit Award - Donna Fox

Our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be Ms. Grace Smith.

This year’s guest speaker will be Ms. Pamala Bryant. In 2007, while attending New York University, Pamala was diagnosed with SLE-Systemic Lupus Erythematosis. The illness caused her body to attack her lungs, joints and heart. In spite of multiple procedures and surgeries, she was able to graduate. Currently, she works in higher education. She loves to help students successfully by admitted into college. When she’s not working or acting in local plays she’s volunteering with various organizations in the community. Bryant says she’s excited for the opportunity to encourage others living with a disability.”

In 2018, former University of Louisville football standout and entrepreneur Herb Henry was the keynote speaker and in 2017, Marques Maybin, ESPN Louisville radio show host and former University of Louisville basketball star inspired the guests.

The Metro Disability Coalition is an organization of individuals and agencies in Louisville, KY who advocate for those with disabilities to have a better quality of life. The 501c (3) organization was established in 2001.

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