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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Luncheon 2015

 

Wayne State University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute will take place Friday, January 16, 2015 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. This year's keynote speakers are Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins, fondly known as The Three Doctors. The Doctors are extraordinary role models for anyone who's been through any kind of life challenge or major hardship.

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The Three Doctors

Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins, fondly known as The Three Doctors are extraordinary role models for anyone who's been through any kind of life challenge or major hardship.

As teenage boys growing up on the tough inner-city streets of Newark, New Jersey these three kindred spirits made a pact: they would stick together-go to college-graduate-and become doctors. Surrounded by negative influences and having few positive role models made this a not so easy feat. Now many years later, these three men have overcome countless obstacles and proudly bear the subtitle of doctor, serving as the face of health and education for youth and families across our country.

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Previous keynote speakers

Dr. Mae Jemison - 2014 Dr. C.T. Vivian – 2007
Harold Ford, Jr. - 2013 Congressman John Conyers – 2003
Donna Brazile - 2012 Judge Damon Keith – 2002
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 2011 Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick – 2001
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson - 2010 James McBride – 2000
Susan L. Taylor - 2009 Dr. Alvin Poussaint – 1999
Dr. Charles G. Adams – 2008 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 2014 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. This years' winners include:

  • GO-GIRL (Gaining Options-Girls Investigating Real Life)
  • Daphne Ntiri

Previous winners include: 

2012 2010
Focus: HOPE Crossroads of Michigan
Eleanor Josaitis (posthumously) Tyree Guyton
   
2011 2009
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.

For more information on how to support the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute, contact the Office of Government and Community Affairs, at (313) 577-5284.