Dr. Chube Sr. awarded prestigious Gary Drum Major Award
By Lisa Deneal Post-Tribune correspondent January 19, 2013 3:16PM
President of The Gary Frontiers Service Club Oliver Gilliam (right) presents Dr. David Chube Sr. with the 2013 Drum Major Award during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 34th Annual Memorial Breakfast at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary. | Jeff Addison ~ Sun -Times Media
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The Drum Major Award is inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Drum Major Instinct” sermon, delivered Feb. 4, 1968, two months before he was assassinated:
“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I just want to leave a committed life behind.”
Updated: February 5, 2013 4:33PM
GARY — Long-time physician David D. Chube Sr. was named the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award recipient Saturday at the 34th annual King Memorial Breakfast hosted by the Gary Frontiers Service Club.
While he did not deliver an acceptance speech, Chube did acknowledge the Gary Frontiers afterward for choosing him for the prestigious award. “It is a wonderful feeling and I thank the organization for the award. I did not expect the honor, but I will accept it,” Chube said.
Chube, 89, and a native of Baton Rouge, La., has been a doctor in Gary for 67 years and built the current Chube Medical center, 1701 Broadway in 1990 after working with another physician in offices at 1609 and 1649 Broadway.
Chube mentioned in a previous interview he was originally scheduled to go to California and work in the medical field but received a call from a fellow physician to come to Gary.
The Gary Frontiers Service Club also honored five Marchers, the other nominees for this year’s award — retired nurse and Ivy Tech College nursing professor Patricia D. DeNeal, Elder Rozelle Hammonds of All Saints Church of God in Christ, the Rev. Marion J. Johnson Jr. of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, retired Gary Police officer and administrator Joseph Slay Jr. and educator/community activist Ann West-Walker.
Gary Frontiers Service Club president Oliver Gilliam said the Drum Major and Marchers awards are not a popularity contest. The individuals selected each year are chosen because of their contributions to the community.
“They are individuals who are active in community service and active for human rights,” Gilliam said.
Political and education leaders praised the Gary Frontiers and their continuing efforts in honoring King’s legacy.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson delivered accolades via videotape as she is in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. “I commend the Gary Frontiers Service Club, the Drum Major and the Marchers for their contributions to the community,” she said.
The city of Gary’s Chief of Staff B.R. Lane presented Gilliam with a proclamation naming Jan. 19 “Gary Frontiers Service Club Day.”
Others who spoke included Gary City Council President Kyle Allen Sr., U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky, State Rep. Earl Harris.
Remarks made by Lake County Superior Court Judge Calvin Hawkins struck a nerve with the attendees.
“Are we better off today, than we were when King was alive? In segregated Gary, before I arrived in Gary, I heard about the prestigious Roosevelt High School and the scholars coming from there. Now, it is run by the state,” Hawkins said.
“I’ve presided in court and hear a young woman holler about ‘her baby daddy’ not paying child support.
“In Chicago, there’s been more homicides of black and brown people last year than war fatalities, but it took the Sandy Hook killings for the president of the United States to talk about guns and violence.
“I am a life member of the NAACP and despite all of the issues going on, the NAACP is more concerned about same-sex marriages.
I’ve never met Rev. King, but I know he had a vision and a purpose. And I hope we will continue to follow his vision and purpose,” he said.