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February 2013 Bar Bulletin

Sold-Out MLK Luncheon a Rousing Success


Professor Michelle Alexander Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Committee: Front row, from left: Heather O. Hamamoto, Karen W. Murray, co-chair, Burns Petersen and Hon. Richard A. Jones, co-chair. Middle row, from left: Bonnie J. Glenn, Pallavi Mehta Wahi, Eddie J. Aubrey and Hon. Charles V. Johnson, Ret. Back row, from left: Kevin A. Peck, Phillip H. Ginsberg, Kerry J. Keefe and James E. Lobsenz

More than 850 guests attended KCBA's Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon on January 18 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel to celebrate Dr. King's legacy.

The program featured Michelle Alexander, the 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. In her keynote address, Alexander discussed the increasing population of minorities in the U.S. prison system, the challenges these inmates face upon their release, and the dangerous cycle that is currently producing repeat offenders at an alarming rate.

She also reminded her rapt audience of Dr. King's famous dream and the importance of continuing to fight for equal rights and social justice. This, she said, was the essential message 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."

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