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2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

Friday, January 9, 2015 | Noon | Turner Auditorium
Theme: “Tolerance in America: Its Beauty and Challenges”
Keynote speaker: Morris Dees, founder, Southern Poverty Law Center

Celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Johns Hopkins' 33rd annual commemoration on Friday, January 9, at noon in Turner Auditorium. (The event also will be simulcast to All Children's Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Suburban Hospital.)

Delivering this year's address is Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Law Poverty Center, and a nationally known advocate for civil rights and tolerance. Dees, the son of Alabama cotton farmers who witnessed first-hand social and economic depravation and Jim Crow treatment of blacks, won controversial civil rights cases against organized hate groups and has established a Teaching Tolerance initiative to educate students and teachers on tolerance.

Following tradition, the program will feature a performance by the high-spirited Unified Voices choir and presentations to eight faculty, staff, trainees and students of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System who have earned the 2014 MLK Community Service Award.

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