50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
The 9th Annual MLK Unity Breakfast will be held on January 19, 2015 to recognize and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and his historic civic leadership that inspired a nation to strive for equality. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This gathering honors the message of Dr. King and the progress he continues to inspire.
To recognize this important event in the civil rights movement, the landmark Supreme Court decision that desegregated public education, the organizing committee has invited Fredericka Whitfield to give the keynote address at this year's MLK Unity Breakfast. Whitfield is a national news anchor for CNN and has reported from all over the world including the Persian Gulf region during the wars, Beijing and London for the Olympics. Prior to CNN, she was a correspondent for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and Dateline NBC, covering stories including the highly contested 2000 presidential race. In her nearly three decades long career, Whitfield has garnered multiple awards and honors for her broadcasting.
The Unity Breakfast was established by the Black Student Union to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, and inspire members of the campus community to continue to work to make his vision of an equitable society a reality. The program recognizes students, faculty, and community members for outstanding service to the community through the Dream Awards which are presented during the program. The breakfast is planned with an inclusion of area youth and strives to provide opportunities for service and reflection through the Week of Service events.
The breakfast will also feature performances by local talent. Specific performers to be announced.
This year's Unity Breakfast is cosponsored by the Division of Student and Enrollment Services and the Black Student Union.