Sheila_C._Johnson.jpgBy Special to the Daily World
The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change will hold its 2012 ‘Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner’ on Saturday,  Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel Centennial Ballroom.

The dinner, which is the Center’s major fund-raising event, will honor Reid Hoffman, co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn and Partner  of Greylock Partners, and  Sheila C. Johnson, founder and CEO of  Salamander Hotels and Resorts, vice chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and president of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

“This is the King Center’s 29th year of hosting the Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner and we are so proud to have the honor of recognizing Ms. Shelia Johnson and Mr. Reid Hoffman for their global contributions to improve the lives of citizen around the world,” said Martin Luther King Jr. III, president and CEO of the King Center. King continued, “We are also very excited to take this opportunity to unveil the Center’s new plans for a dramatic modernization of the Center’s Freedom Hall Complex site facilities, as well as innovative program initiatives.”

In addition to the awards presentations King will also discuss plans for creating state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits and a new curriculum development program to set the standard for nonviolence education and training, youth leadership development, advocacy and awareness.

King said that the Center “is poised for a new era of unprecedented growth and development, both physically and programmatically, to make The King Center an even more motivating place for inspiration, learning and engagement.”

King, who has launched an ambitious five-year plan to reinvigorate and transform The King Center into a world-class institution, will also be reporting on The King Center’s recent accomplishments, including the launching of the Library Documentation Project, a partnership with JPMorgan Chase to digitize Dr. King’s papers, and a partnership with Syracuse University to digitize audio recordings and film and video of Dr. King’s speeches, sermons, interviews and leadership. The digital development of these unique audio-visual resources will be made available as a global educational resource for the first time via the internet.

One of The King Center’s highest honors, the Salute to Greatness Award, is presented at the annual fundraising dinner to recognize individuals and corporations or organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership and a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of

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