Nikitia Hughes, a local probation officer, accepts a Freedom Award from James Malone, left, and the Rev. W. Ron Lash, right, during the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon, sponsored by the Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP. Hughes was one of three people to be honored with the award this year. To see more pictures of the ceremony, check out the Your Pics gallery at www.register-news.com.