Johns Hopkins to Welcome UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski III to Honor MLK Legacy
Johns Hopkins will host the 32nd annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in civil rights and community service this Friday, Jan. 10, at noon in Turner Auditorium on the East Baltimore campus.
The keynote speaker is Freeman Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and one of Time magazine's 2012 "Most Influential People in the World." Hrabowski's research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. With Hrabowski's leadership, UMBC has become one of the nation's leaders in African-American science and engineering postgraduate degrees. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Hrabowski participated in protests there as a child and attended the funerals (at which King spoke) of four girls killed in the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.
Retired Johns Hopkins cardiac surgeon Levi Watkins Jr., the former associate dean for postdoctoral programs and the commemoration’s founder, will host the program.
This year’s theme is “Equal Justice and Equal Opportunity: Our Children Deserve No Less.” Johns Hopkins’ own Unified Voices choir, celebrating its 20th anniversary, will deliver a performance of gospel selections.
Watkins will present eight members of the Johns Hopkins family with Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards, honoring them for their volunteerism and their community leadership.
32nd annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in civil rights and community service
Paul Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine
Ronald R. Peterson, president, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System
Freeman Hrabowski III, president, UMBC
Levi Watkins Jr., University Distinguished Professor and retired cardiac surgeon
Unified Voices choir
Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
720 Rutland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21205
Enter from East Monument Street, between North Broadway and Rutland Avenue
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