Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Let Freedom Ring!
Lecester Johnson to be Honored, Dionne Warwick to Perform
This year, Georgetown University’s annual Let Freedom Ring Initiative honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., through a series of academic, artistic and extracurricular programs that examine King’s life and work. All are invited to participate in these events.
At this year's Let Freedom Ring Celebration, The John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award will be presented to Lecester Johnson, executive director of the Academy of Hope, an organization that provides basic education and adult literacy services to women and men, age 18 and up. The academy also prepares individuals for the GED and transition into post-secondary education.
Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick will perform a musical tribute honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., with the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Rev. Nolan Williams, Jr. Just last fall, Warwick celebrated her five decades as a performer by releasing the album, Now.
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2014 Celebration Theme
This year, our Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative activities shine a special spotlight on the iconic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The March, which marked its 50th anniversary in August 2013, remains one of the largest rallies for human rights in United States history. Georgetown pays homage to this during the year through various performances and activities. Throughout January, a number of Georgetown professors will be participating in our Teach the March Initiative, through which they will creatively incorporate the March on Washington into their classroom curricula.
Join the Planning Committee
Members of the Georgetown community are invited to join the Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative planning committee to share their ideas and enthusiasm. All are invited to attended the planning committee’s open meetings, held from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Philodemic Room, 208 Healy Hall, on the following dates:
- Monday, November 25, 2013
- Monday, December 9, 2013
- Thursday, December 19, 2013
- Thursday, January 9, 2014
- Thursday, January 16, 2014
Legacy of a Dream Award
Each year during the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week, the University presents The John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to an individual or organization whose contributions to community service or social justice reflect the values and ideals of Dr. King.
2013 - Mary Brown, Life Pieces to Masterpieces
2012 - Professor Clarence Jones
2011 - Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery
2010 - Dikembe Mutombo, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc.
2009 - Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund
2008 - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
2007 - Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS
2006 - Mrs. Rosa Parks (posthumous)
2005 - Colin and Alma Powell
2004 - William H. Gray III, president and CEO, UNCF
2003 - Coach John Thompson, Georgetown University Men's Basketball (1972-1999)