Palm Beach State College will present retired judge Rand Hoch with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award at the school’s annual MLK celebration.
Attorney Rae Franks, a law school classmate, nominated Hoch for the award.
“In law school, Rand and I shared a passion for advancing workers’ rights,” said Franks, in a news release. “Over the years, he has worked tirelessly as a pro bono advocate, activist and organizer working to secure equal rights for minorities and women.”
Hoch grew up in Massachusetts and was at the State House when then Governor Francis Sargent signed a bill into law lowering the voting age. Hoch moved to South Florida in the 1980s and founded the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council in 1988. The organization is dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
“It is a humbling experience to receive an award honoring Dr. King,” Hoch said in a news release.
In 2015, Hoch worked with the Palm Beach County Commission and City of West Palm Beach to address the problem of “shopping while Black,” effectively expanding the definition of places for public accommodation.
The MLK Celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m., Jan. 14 on the Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College. The keynote speaker is Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, host of HuffPost Live and BET News as well as a frequent contributor to CNN.
To RSVP for the event, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/mlk/rsvp