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  • The 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Tribute

    by Representative Wm. Lacy Clay

    Posted on 2013-01-03

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    CLAY of missouri in the house of representatives Thursday, January 3, 2013 Mr. CLAY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to give distinct recognition to the 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Tribute--an event paying tribute to men and women of diverse social strata committed to strengthening civil rights, corporate responsibility, civic involvement, education and humanitarian efforts through dedicated responsibilities.

    Saint Louis University will honor six distinguished individuals at the event, with the Donald Brennan Humanitarian Award bestowed upon Dr. Karla Scott, Director of Black Studies for the University. In addition, the Martin Luther King Civil Rights Award will recognize Ms. Xernona Clayton, for her extraordinary commitment to the advancement of the civil rights movement.

    Other awardees include Kathy Osborn, the President and CEO of the Regional Business Council for her civic dedication, Judge Jimmie Edwards, founder of the Innovative Concept Academy for bridging the academic achievement gap of African American students, and James Buford, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis for his leadership in service to the community.

    This year's celebrated corporate leadership awards will honor the efforts of Thomas Voss and Keith Williamson. Voss, the President of Ameren Corporation, and Williamson, Senior Vice President of Centene Corporation have demonstrated exemplary social responsibility to remove barriers to the success of minorities through their business models, accomplishments and corporate giving.

    Mr. Speaker, the 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute inspires advocacy for social justice through the works, accomplishments and deeds of the honored men and women. I urge my colleagues to join me in recognizing this event slated to be held this January in the beautiful City of St. Louis.


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