This year, during Montgomery County’s 24th Juneteenth* Celebration, County Executive Marc Elrich honored one of our very own, The Reverend Dr. Sterling King, Jr. He was among five members of the community who were presented with the African American Living Legend Award, commemorating their dedication and service toward the African American community.

Reverend Dr. Sterling King, Jr. with Ann Mitchell

Dr. King’s personal interest in end-of-life care led him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors at Montgomery Hospice, Inc. from 2010 to 2018. During his tenure he held different leadership positions, including Board Chairman from 2014-2016, where he championed the “2 Cs” of hospice care: Competence and Compassion.

Reverend King is a past president of the Black Ministers’ Conference of Montgomery County, former member of the Board of Directors of Community Ministry of Montgomery County (now Interfaith Works) and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Montgomery County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), among others. He is also a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and SCLC.

Montgomery Hospice, Inc. joins the community in celebrating Dr. King’s recognition. “This award is a well-deserved honor for Dr. King, a kind and compassionate gentleman who always has humbly shared his intelligence, expertise and love of humanity in service to others. Montgomery Hospice is forever blessed by, and grateful for, the positive impact he’s had on our organization and the larger community.”—Ann Mitchell, President and CEO

*On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its enslaved persons. This historical moment is now recognized as Juneteenth. To learn more about it, please visit