Salute to Greatness Awards Gala 2019

(Photo Credit: The King Center)

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Maria Boynton
January 21, 2019 - 1:22 pm

If he were alive today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be 90 years old.  His sister Dr. Christine King Farris, is 91. When I spoke with her following the Dream Forward Awards, her eyes glistened
when I asked about MLK.

The Dream Forward Awards recipients were recognized, during a reception inside Freedom Hall, for their community service leadership. Duan Coleon was recognized for Environmental Responsibility; Entercom Atlanta radio station WVEE V103 received the Media award while the Social Justice honor went to American Friends Service Committee. Georgia State Representative Mable Thomas of Atlanta received the Elected Officials Dream Forward Award, while Pastor Reggie Joiner was recognized for Faith-based Leadership.  The award for International Affairs was bestowed upon Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta Takashi Shinozuka.

The annual King Holiday Salute to Greatness Awards Gala was held Saturday night, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta. The Corporate Honoree was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Individual Honoree was Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks, and CEO of the Schultz Family Foundation. Former NBA player and humanitarian Dikembe Mutombo received the Yolanda D. King Higher Ground Award Honoree. Mutombo is chairman and president of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc.

Cindy McCain accepted the Trumpet of Conscience honor, which was awarded posthumously to her late husband Sen. John McCain.

The King Center continues to push the message of "giving". The hope is that a new way to donate, will make it easier for people to give to the 501(c)3 organization. You can text "MLKDay" to 4-4-3-2-1.

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