Gilbert honored at BHM musical

Posted 2/18/20

Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church’s 18th Annual Black History Month Musical Saturday at the Kimbro Center.

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Gilbert honored at BHM musical

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Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church’s 18th Annual Black History Month Musical Saturday at the Kimbro Center.

Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church held their 18th Annual Black History Month Musical at the Kimbro Center in Madisonville Saturday and presented an award to community fixture and Madisonville Police Department Chief Herbert Gilbert, the city's first African American police chief.

“This is probably one of the greatest appreciation awards I have received ever in my life,” said Gilbert to the crowd, which included members from multiple area congregations. “It is definitely from the heart, what I do. Several months ago, I got up and spoke in church and asked everyone to pray that all of my officers do their jobs with their hearts.”

Sgt. Hector Camarillo and Officer Brandy Reid of the Madisonville Police Department attended the event.

“I thank God for friends, family and all of the ministers in the house,” said Gilbert. “I belong to all churches, I belong to the community. I don’t care if it is in the city limits of Madisonville.”

This was one of many distinctions Gilbert has receive throughout his life. He was an All-District quarterback at MHS before winning two MVP awards with the Houston Gunners, a semi-pro team.

His law enforcement career includes a 1991 Houston Officer of the Year distinction, a 2013 L.U.L.A.C. Appreciation Award, a 2015 South Houston Dedicated Service Award and a 2017 Madison County Man of the Year Award.

While the event has been held 18 of the last 19 years, Saturday marked the first time it has included an award.

“It basically represents excellence around the community,” said Lakeview Deacon Jarrod Byrd. “(Gilbert) is somebody the whole community looks up to.”

Gilbert was completely unaware that he would receive the award and later joked that everyone in Madisonville knew except for him.

“He is not only our chief, but everybody’s chief,” said Byrd to the crowd as he presented the award. “You are Black history.”

Those participating in the concert portion of the event included Lakeview, Pool Chapel Baptist, Shiloh Baptist, Sweet Zion Baptist, The Kountry Boys, The Mighty Sincere Voices and Divine Harmony.

“It is an opportunity for people and choirs to show us their talents,” said Byrd. “That is what keeps everything together. It is a community effort and we have had a really good time.”

Byrd also expressed a desire to present another award at next year’s event.

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