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Jan. 27, 2004
DH-04 TK 006
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California State University, Dominguez Hills, City of Carson
to Hold Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast Awards

Civil rights activist James Forman to deliver keynote address

Carson, Calif. – Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., President of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), will join officials from the City of Carson for the 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast Awards 2004 at the Carson Community Center on Tuesday, Feb. 3. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue to10:00 a.m. The community center is located at 801 East Carson Street.

Students, local community groups and private citizens who exemplify the ongoing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their efforts to improve society will be honored during the awards breakfast. Citizens from throughout Carson and the greater South Bay area are expected to attend the ceremony.

Noted civil rights activist James Forman will deliver the keynote address for the breakfast, which will focus on the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Brown v. Board of Education. In that decision, the high court ruled racial segregation in pubic schools unconstitutional and set in motion a new course for social justice in America.

Forman is recognized as the organizing founder of the historic Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which served as a voice for young African American students to speak out against discrimination during the years of the civil rights movement. Forman led the SNCC as its executive secretary and left the organization in 1968 to assist in the struggle to develop economic opportunities for African Americans.

Each year, Cal State Dominguez Hills joins the City of Carson to highlight special individuals and civic groups for their tireless work in the areas of social justice and community service. The awards breakfast is intended to focus on the ideals that guided the life work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, awards will be presented in the categories of Social Justice, Drum Major for Justice, University Service & Leadership and Community and University Service.

Tickets for the breakfast awards cost $15 per person and can be purchased by calling the CSUDH Department of Africana Studies at (310) 243-3420, the university’s Library Administration office at (310) 243-3700 or Ormond Rucker at (310) 243-1056.

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