Wayne State University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute will take place Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 11 a.m., at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. The Tribute brings together the metro Detroit community to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.
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Key Note Speaker
Harold Ford, Jr.
Harold Ford, Jr. served Tennessee in the United States Congress for 10 years. Described by President Bill Clinton as "the walking, living embodiment of where America ought to go in the 21st century," Ford is now a Managing Director and Senior Client Relationship Manager at Morgan Stanley, a news analyst for NBC and MSNBC, and a Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. «Read More»
Previous keynote speakers
|Donna Brazile - 2012||Congressman John Conyers – 2003|
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 2011||Judge Damon Keith – 2002|
|Dr. Benjamin S. Carson - 2010||Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick – 2001|
|Susan L. Taylor - 2009||James McBride – 2000|
|Dr. Charles G. Adams – 2008||Dr. Alvin Poussaint – 1999|
|Dr. C.T. Vivian – 2007||Dr. Ronald Walters - 1997|
Net Proceeds Benefit Adopt-A-Classroom
Net proceeds from the Tribute will support Adopt-A-Classroom. WSU, in partnership with our generous Tribute sponsors, has donated more than $33,000 to Adopt-A-Classroom in the past five years. Adopt-a-Classroom is a nationally recognized organization that invites the community into classrooms to increase opportunity for student success by empowering teachers with community partnerships and funds to purchase resources for their classrooms. See the classrooms we've helped.
Community Leadership Awards
The Office of Government and Community Affairs is proud to announce the 2012 Community Leadership Awards. The purpose of these awards is to honor an individual and an organization whose contributions affect our community in a positive way. We will announce the winners of the Community Leadership Awards at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on January 22, 2013.
Previous winners include:
|Focus: HOPE||Crossroads of Michigan|
|Eleanor Josaitis (posthumously)||Tyree Guyton|
|Wayne State Math Corps||Reverend Faith Fowler|
|Jeff DeBruyn||Colin Hubbell (posthumously)|
InsideOut Citywide Poets to perform
InsideOut's Citywide Poets is an intensive after-school program for aspiring high school poets. For the past four years, the talented young poets received standing ovations as they performed their extraordinary poems crafted especially for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute program. The Citywide Poets have won numerous awards including the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award given by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. We are honored that they have accepted the invitation to once again perform at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute.
Become An Event Sponsor
This event would not be possible without our generous event sponsors. Check out the available sponsorships here. Thanks to our sponsors, more than 2,000 local students have attended the Tribute over the past four years at no cost to them or their school.