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Bucks County Community College To Honor Local Leaders With MLK Awards

Bucks County Community College will celebrate the achievements of three community leaders.

The honorees: Billie Barnes, Bernard Tynes, and Erin Lukoss.
Credit: Bucks County Community College

Bucks County Community College will present its third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards later this month.

The third-annual event will be held on on Friday, Jan. 26 and will recognize three individuals for their commitment to nondiscrimination and service.

Bucks County Community College Board of Trustees Chair Tom Jennings and Associate Vice President Kevin L. Antoine will honor leaders in corporate, humanitarian, and community sectors.

Jennings highlighted the event as a continuation of Dr. King’s legacy, emphasizing the honorees’ embodiment of King’s values of courage, compassion, and justice.

“We remember Dr. King for his courage, compassion, and unwavering commitment to justice for all,” said Jennings. “We honor three extraordinary citizens who live his values. They are the peacemakers of our time, and they enrich our college and our community by their good example, steadfast spirits and lives of generous service.”

Antoine, the college’s chief civil rights officer and assistant vice president of external affairs, noted that the awards reflect the recipients’ local contributions to equality and the college’s dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This year’s awardees are Billie Barnes, executive director of Workforce and Economic Development in Bucks County, as Community Leader; Bernard Tynes, chief experience and impact officer at Penn Community Bank, as Corporate Leader; and Erin Lukoss, executive director/CEO of Bucks County Opportunity Council, as Humanitarian Leader. Full biographies are available at

The award ceremony will include performances by the community college’s Madrigal Singers and a jazz faculty combo and will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Linksz Pavilion at the Newtown Township campus at 275 Swamp Road.

The event will be live-streamed starting at 5:30 p.m. on

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