Over 850 guests celebrated Dr. King’s legacy at KCBA's Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon on January 18, 2013, at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. The program featured highly acclaimed civil rights attorney, consummate legal scholar and advocate, and author of the New York Times best-selling book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," Professor Michelle Alexander. Professor Alexander discussed the increasing population of minorities in our prison system, the challenges they face upon their release, and the dangerous cycle that is currently producing repeat offenders at an alarming rate. She also reminded us of Dr. King’s dream and the importance of continuing to fight for equal rights and social justice. Professor Alexander indicated that this is the basic message that Dr. King delivered during the Poor People's Movement in 1968. "He argued then that the time had come for racial justice advocates shifting from a civil rights to a human rights paradigm, and that the real work of movement building had only just begun." The luncheon raised nearly $12,000 for the King County Bar Foundation’s Minority Law Student Scholarship Fund.
In addition to the generous sponsorship support provided by many local law firms, the King County Bar gratefully acknowledges the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Committee for their tireless work in making this program such a successful community event: Hon. Richard A. Jones, Co-Chair, Karen W. Murray, Co-Chair, Eddie J. Aubrey, Stephanie Cox, Phillip H. Ginsberg, Bonnie J. Glenn, Heather O. Hamamoto, Justo Gonzalez, Hon. Charles V. Johnson, Ret., Kerry J. Keefe, James E. Lobsenz, Gregory M. Miller, Kevin A. Peck, Burns Petersen, Hon. Catherine D. Shaffer, Pallavi Mehta Wahi and Leann Wagele.
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The 2013 Annual
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon
Friday, January 18, 2013
Noon - 1:15pm
(Registration will open at 11:30 a.m)
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Avenue
Featuring: Michelle Alexander
Professor Alexander is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. She is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar who currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Professor Alexander was an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinics.