The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, organizer of the annual Burlington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance announced that Carol Moseley Braun – first African American woman to be elected to the United States Senate– will deliver the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote address on Sunday, January 15, at 3PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Society at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington. Braun is the second African American woman to compete for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. Elected to the Illinois Legislature in 1978, Braun became the first spokeswoman for the mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington and was named assistant majority leader by the speaker of the House.
At the event, the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center will honor this year’s recipients of the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award: Mary Brown Guillory for her work with the Champlain Valley NAACP and Rev. Leroy Dixon retired pastor of the New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church. Both have worked very hard to embrace a diverse community in Burlington and the State of Vermont. Featured on the program will be the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir under the direction of John Mark Harrison and Trumpeter Ray Vega.
The event is free and open to the public, though tickets are required. Free tickets may be obtained at Fletcher Free Library, City Market and the Peace & Justice Center/Store in Burlington. This event is made possible through sponsorship from the City of Burlington, United Way of Northwest Vermont, KeyBank, NBT Bank, Champlain Housing Trust, Spruce Mortgage, People’s United Bank, Church Street Market Place, First Unitarian Universalist Society, Mace Engravers & Courtyard Marriott.
As part of Burlington’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance, the public is also invited to attend a panel discussion on Civil Rights at 3PM January 16 at Echo. Panelists: TJ Donovan ( Attorney General), Julia Torti (US Attorneys’ Office), James Lyall (American Civil Liberties Union), Karen Richards (Vermont Human Rights Commission), Ame Lambert (Chief Diversity Officer -Champlain College). Facilitator: Prof Susan Comerford.