The Philadelphia Martin Luther King, .Tr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. will host its 3011′ Annual Awards and Benefit Luncheon on Monday, January 16, 2012 at the Sheraton Ph iladelphia Center City located at the 17th and Race Street at 12:00 PM.
Our Awards and Benefit Luncheon is a living representation of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream of a Beloved Community, It honors a virtual Who’s Who of Drum Majors – persons and organizations whose deeds are exemplary of the fostered by Dr. King. The luncheon is a highly visible affair has been the largest luncheon in honor of Dr. King in the country.
Mrs. Coretta Scott King, chair for the King Federal Holiday Commission, visioned to have the holiday commence each year with the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia-a worldwide symbol of freedom, justice, and equality—echoed by bells throughout the world. Thus, she charged the King Association with ringing of the Liberty noon which officially inaugurates the King Holiday, just prior to the luncheon.
The 2012 Drum Major Honorees include; Drum Major for Global Rights, Malaak Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shahazz; Drum Major for In’tl and National and Youth Development, Ityasah Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shahazz; Drum Major for Int’l and Nat’l Humanitarianism, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Actress/Activist, for the cure for HIV/AIDS; Drum Major for Corporate Cooperation, Daniel .L Hilferty, President and CEO, Independence Blue Cross; Drum Major for Civic Responsibility, Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Crow of Southeastern PA; and Drum Major for Equal Rights, Equal Justice and Equal Opportunity, Rosalee Smith, Civil Rights Activist.
Participants at the Liberty Bell Ceremony include the 2012 Honorary Luncheon Chairs, Hon. Tim Corbett, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Hon. Robert Casey, U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania; Honi Pat Toomey, U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania;
Hon. Chaka Fattah, U.S. Congressman; Hon. Vincent Hughes, State Senator, Pennsylvania; Hon. Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, City ofPhiladelphia; Dr. William Tucker, president, Philadelphia Martin Luther King Association for Nonviolence, Inc.; Herman ‘”Pete” Matthews, President, District Council 33 and King Association Board Member’s well as others.