NAACP Participates in Nationwide Activities Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 12, 2007

NAACP officers and branch members nationwide will take part in many activities to capture the spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this holiday weekend.

Large and small events will not only remember the man, his courage, his inspiring words and life-altering actions, but continue the fight of the slain civil rights leader.

NAACP Board of Directors Chairman Julian Bond will deliver the keynote address at the University of Chicago's annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service, scheduled for noon on Monday (Jan. 15) in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, located at 1156 E. 59th St. Bond's speech will anchor the university's weeklong commemoration of King.

NAACP National Board of Directors Vice Chair Roslyn M. Brock will discuss the legacy of Dr. King's dream for the next generation of Americans at the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast Monday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The program also will be broadcast live on Twin Cities Public Television.

NAACP President & CEO Bruce S. Gordon will be the keynote speaker at the 16th annual Martin Luther King birthday commemoration sponsored by the Developmental Roundtable for Upward Mobility (DRUM). DRUM is a professional development and leadership organization within Verizon Communications, Inc. that supports career enhancement for African American managers. More than 1,300 people attend the event that funds scholarships and supports not-for-profit organizations like the NAACP. The commemoration will be held from noon until 4 p.m. on Monday (Jan. 15) at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. He also highlighted Frito-Lay Corporation's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration entitled "A Dream that Changed the Nation" in Plano, Texas today.

In Hawaii, the NAACP Honolulu Branch will host a series of events to mark the King holiday. Tomorrow evening the branch will hold its Freedom Fund banquet at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. On Sunday (Jan. 14) Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, the NAACP's Chief Operating officer, will speak at the Dr. King Unity Service being held at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, located at 3950 Paine Circle, then serve as grand marshal for the Dr. King Unity parade and rally on Monday, Jan. 15.

Rev. Charles L. White Jr., the NAACP's National Director of Field Operations, was the keynote speaker at this morning's Fourth annual King Holiday Human Rights Prayer Breakfast at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The event was sponsored by the African American Human Rights Foundation, the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council, Concerned Black Clergy and the Martin Luther King Jr. March Committee. He will also join many others on Monday at the NAACP South Carolina State Conference's King Day at the Dome in Columbia, S.C.

NAACP Chief Policy Officer Dr. John H. Jackson spoke at St. Paul's School for Girls in Brooklandville, Md. today for their "King's Vision Day" program and will address the Salt Lake City branch's 23rd annual King memorial luncheon on Monday.

In Pennsylvania, the Allentown Branch of the NAACP will be holding its annual "Tribute To A King" program on Monday at St. James A. M. E. Zion Church. This year's theme is "Renew the Dream." NAACP National Board of Directors member Richard P. Burton Sr. will be the keynote speaker. The Youth Council of the Allentown branch will hold a Youth Leadership Workshop tomorrow at the church.

In Connecticut, the Norwich branch of the NAACP hosted its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon today at the Sidney Frank Center at Norwich Free Academy. The event will feature a guest speaker and the presentation of the annual Robertsine Duncan youth service award.

In Mississippi, the public is invited to join the Forrest County branch of the NAACP as it sponsors the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration Sunday at the St. James C.M.E. Church, located at 705 Country Club Road in Hattiesburg at 3 p.m. On the program will be the presentation of the 2007 Citizenship and the Vernon C. Floyd Humanitarian awards. These awards are given to citizens who have made outstanding contributions in their areas.

In North Carolina, the Vance County Ministerial Alliance, the local NAACP branch and other organizations have planned a variety of activities including Saturday's youth "speakout" forum at 10 a.m. at the Vance County Courthouse. The forum will give youth an opportunity to discuss "what the Dr. King holiday really means" to them. The ministerial alliance is sponsoring a service Sunday at 4 p.m. and a prayer breakfast on Monday at 8:30 a.m. featuring Judge J. Henry Banks at Spring Street Baptist Church.

In Kentucky, the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, sponsored by the Boyd and Greenup branches of the NAACP, will return to a morning service and march through the streets of Ashland on Monday. The celebration will begin at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church on Carter Avenue at 10:30 a.m. Winners of an annual essay competition will also be honored during the function.

In Florida, the Clay County Branch of the NAACP will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 11 a.m. Monday at First African Baptist Church, located at 433 Palmetto Avenue in Green Cove Springs.

In Texas, the Beaumont branch of the NAACP starts its commemorations at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with a parade to the Lamar University Montagne Center. On Monday, the branch's youth council will host a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at Douglas Memorial CME Church, located at 1370 Ewing St.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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