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Former NAACP Chairman to speak at City of Lauderhill MLK Event

LAUDERHILL – The City of Lauderhill and The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force are busy preparing for several events to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The guest speaker for this year’s Official Program is the esteemed Julian Bond. Mr. Bond served as chairman of the NAACP from 1998-2009. He was the first black political figure to host Saturday Night Live, and he has taught at several major universities including American, Harvard, and the University of Virginia.

Julian Bond
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Bond will be at the Diamante’s Banquet Center
(6501 W. Commercial Blvd.,) on Saturday, January 15th at 7pm. Admission to the Official program is $50/person which includes dinner.

The City and the MLK Task Force are committed to education and that the scope of activities associated with celebrating MLK Day include educational components to elementary, middle, and high school students.

Event Dates:

Championship Round
(Lauderhill Middle, Millennium Middle and Parkway Middle)
01-12-11 7:15 pm
City of Lauderhill – City Hall
(5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd.)

(grades 6th, 7th, & 8th)
01-13-11 6:30 pm
Parkway Middle School
(3600 Northwest 5th Court)

Julian Bond
01-15-11 7:00 pm
Diamante’s Banquet Center
(6501 W. Commercial Blvd.,)
Includes Dinner

This year’s Trailblazer Recipients are BJ Smith and Dr. Rosa J. Lawson. Dr. Lawson is the founder and President of Assistance Unlimited, Inc. d/b/a Central Charter School, the first Charter School in Broward County. She has served as an Advisor of Minority Affairs to Broward College, and she is the Founder and Chairman of the Martin Luther King Vision Committee for the City of Coral Springs. Dr. Lawson is also active in AKA, the Links and Jack and Jill. B.J. Smith recently retired from the Lauderhill Boys and Girls Club providing over 15 years of service. She had enormous impact on the lives of Lauderhill’s youth who attended the Club. Ms. Smith was also one of the first members of the MLK Task Force Committee helping the Program grow to be the finest MLK Event in Broward County.

For more information on these activities or to purchase tickets for the Official Program on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Diamantes, please call (954) 730- 3000. Tickets can be purchased at: Lauderhill City Hall – 5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, FL 33313. Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. This event ALWAYS sells out so don’t miss out!

Proceeds benefit the MLK Scholarship fund for college bound high school students who apply and are eligible.

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