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Dome December 2014

MLK Festivities

Date: December 5, 2014

Morris Dees, MLK Jr. Commemoration keynote speaker
Morris Dees, MLK Jr. Commemoration keynote speaker

Mark your calendars for the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at noon in Turner Auditorium on the East Baltimore campus. Themed “Tolerance in America: Its Beauty and Challenges,” the event will feature Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, who will share his experiences taking on controversial civil rights cases. The son of Alabama cotton farmers, Dees worked the fields with blacks, witnessing social and economic discrimination firsthand. In 1970, he established the storied Southern Poverty Law Center with Julian Bond and Joseph Levin. Early cases centered on integrating Alabama State Troopers and desegregating the Montgomery YMCA. Dees continues to monitor hate crimes and civil rights nationwide and has developed a program on teaching tolerance, used in more than 80,000 schools. The MLK event will also include a tribute to late poet Maya Angelou, singing by Unified Voices and the unveiling of a portrait of Levi Watkins, the event’s founder. In addition, eight recipients of the MLK Jr. Community Service Award will be honored for their volunteerism. The program will be simulcast to various locations. Info: