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Martin Luther King, III, to Speak at King Day Celebration

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Martin Luther King, III

Martin Luther King, III, the oldest son of the famous civil rights leader, will be the keynote speaker at the 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The event marks what would have been King's 90th birthday.

All employees, physicians, visitors and patients are welcome to attend the event, which runs from noon-1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Space is limited, and seating will be required for all attendees. Boxed lunches will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in Harvey Morse Auditorium at 11:30 a.m.

An overflow room with a live feed will be available in the Samuel J. and Sarah Brisken Executive Conference Room, directly across from Harvey Morse Auditorium, and monitors will also be available for viewing in the Shaeffer Lobby in the Pavilion. The program will be shown in patient rooms on Channel 50.

A graduate of his father's alma mater, Morehouse College, King has devoted his life to promoting civil rights and global human rights in order to eradicate what his father identified as the "three major evils" of humankind—racism, militarism and poverty.

As the elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the organization co-founded by his father, King reinvigorated SCLC by stabilizing the governance, program and development components. As founder and president of Realizing the Dream Inc., King took his father’s message to a global audience, spearheading nonviolence training in Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Israel, Palestine, Kenya, Sri Lanka and the United States.

King has also served as an election monitor and observer in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. In addition, he has conducted nearly 40 poverty study tours in a groundbreaking initiative, which has sparked public debate and law enforcement advocacy on the issue of poverty.

In conjunction with Ambassador Andrew Young and other partners, King co-founded Bounce TV, the first independently owned and operated TV network featuring African-Americans. The network’s content includes movies, sports, documentaries and original programming.

Attendees will also enjoy music by Siedah Garrett, a Grammy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter. Garrett is one of the most sought-after songwriters in the world.

A collaborator and band member of Michael Jackson, Garrett is most famous for co-writing the king of pop's mega-hit “Man in the Mirror” from the chart-topping 1987 album, Bad, and for recording as a duet partner on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You." Garrett also toured with Jackson as a featured vocalist on his Dangerous World Tour.