Description: City’s 24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr.
celebration begins January 17
“Living the Dream through Service”
Tickets available December 4
The Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, in cooperation with Citibank, our Title Sponsor, welcomes Mr. Wil Haygood as the keynote speaker for the 24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Acclaimed author and journalist Wil Haygood has been a Washington Post journalist since 2002. Haygood’s front-page story for the Post in 2008 about longtime White House butler, Eugene Allen, is the inspiration for “The Butler,” a big-screen movie directed by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels and due to be released next fall. The movie stars Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave and Robin Williams. Haygood is an associate producer of the movie.
At the Washington Post, Haygood covered Hurricane Katrina for 33 consecutive days and also reported on Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. Previously, he wrote for the Boston Globe, where he became one of the youngest foreign correspondents at the paper, traveling to India, the Arctic, Mexico, Europe and Africa. He is the author of five books, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and has earned a National Headliner Award, Sunday Magazine Editors Award and National Association of Black Journalists and other journalism awards, plus distinction for feature writing and national and foreign reporting. He also has been an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Haygood is currently writing a book about former Supreme Court Justice and Brown v/s Board of Education lawyer, Thurgood Marshall. In 2010, Haygood received the first star on the Lincoln Theatre Walk of Fame in his hometown of Columbus.
Business Luncheon – Friday, January 17 at 11:30 a.m. A business luncheon featuring Wil Haygood will take place at the Coral Springs Marriott at Heron Bay, located at 11775 Heron Bay Boulevard. Tickets are $40 per person.
Community Celebration - Friday, January 17, 7 p.m. The evening celebration will take place at the Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, and will feature music, song, dance and drama, highlighted by a keynote address by Mr. Wil Haygood. Student winners of the Art & Literary Exhibits will be presented with awards on stage at this event. This is an uplifting evening that is sure to please all ages. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children 17 and under.
VIP Reception – Friday, January 17, 9 p.m. A VIP reception will follow the Community Celebration at the Center for the Arts. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with our Speaker, Mr. Haygood, and enjoy some good fellowship. Reception tickets are $20.
Diversity/Leadership Workshop – Monday, January 20, 9 a.m. High school and middle school students will have a chance to learn why this is “A Day on, not a Day Off”. The event, which will be held at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Students will enjoy a morning of interactive activities, listen to an inspirational speaker and develop their skills on diversity and leadership. They will have an opportunity to earn service hours. There is no charge for this Workshop but pre-registration is required.
Tickets for all other events will be available as of December 4 at City Hall in the Mall at Coral Square Mall and City Hall, located at 9551 West Sample Road. For more information on any of the events, please call 954-344-1005.