February 2012 Bar Bulletin
MLK Luncheon a Sold-Out Success
More than 700 guests celebrated the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at KCBA's annual luncheon in his honor on January 13 at the Seattle Sheraton hotel. The program featured as the keynote speaker Andrew Young, the former director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the historic civil rights organization founded by Dr. King.
Since joining forces with Dr. King, Young has served and shaped our country for more than 50 years as a civil rights leader, ambassador to the United Nations, congressman, mayor of Atlanta, humanitarian and author.
Young's speech was "A Continuing Legacy," reflecting on his experiences during the civil rights movement. He both inspired and challenged the audience to continue to push toward peace and justice throughout the world. With help from Young's spirited message, the luncheon raised more than $14,000 for the King County Bar Foundation's Minority Law Student Scholarship fund.
After the program, Young was gracious enough to conduct a book signing and to talk with many who attended the luncheon. One person standing in the line to meet Young told a KCBA staff member that because he was so inspired by the speech and the dynamic of the luncheon he would definitely become a member of KCBA.
For a fourth year in a row, the luncheon also included a performance by the Graham Hill Elementary School Chorus.
In addition to the generous sponsorship support provided by the Seattle University School of Law and many local law firms, the King County Bar Association gratefully acknowledges the members of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Committee for their tireless work in making this program such a successful community event.
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