The 2014 Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner honors Muhammad Ali, Xerox Inc., Pakistani anti-violence advocate Khalida Brohi and One Billion Rising and award-winning playwright Eve Ensler on Jan. 18 at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta.
Emcees Malcolm Jamal Warner and Dawnn Lewis will preside, with Dinner Chair Lisa Borders, chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation and co-chairs Laura Turner Seydel, chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation and environmentalist attorney Rutherford Seydel.
The MLK Jr. Annual Commemorative Service will be Jan. 20 at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary at 10 a.m. with keynote speaker Rev. Raphael Warnock, Sr. pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a host of local and national leaders. Ministry through music includes the electrifying violinist Ken Ford.
The King Center and consulates representing the nations of the world will lead a “Choose Nonviolence: Let Freedom Ring” global bell-ringing event by ringing bells at the conclusion of the Commemorative Service “to symbolically herald a new age of nonviolence.”
The King Center is also supporting a broad range of more than two dozen other MLK commemorative programs in partnership with a variety of organizations.
The King Center’s annual MLK observance sets the stage for a momentous year for Dr. King’s legacy, including the 50th anniversary of two major milestones — the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize to Dr. King.
Bernice King, CEO of The King Center said that the theme for the 2014 King holiday observance, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! King’s Legacy of Peace for Our World,” underscores the urgency of Dr. King’s challenge to people of every nation to “choose nonviolence as a way of life, as well as a method for peaceful social change.
“People all over the world are crying out for an end to the senseless violence that afflicts their families, communities, nations and world,” King said. “Our hope is that The 2014 MLK holiday observance will help lay the foundation for a world-wide movement to begin building the beloved community of my father’s dream.”
All King Center events, except for the Annual Salute to Greatness Dinner, are free of charge.