Sunday, January 9, 2011

31st Annual “Tribute to a King” celebration on Monday, January 17th at 11:00AM

The Allentown Branch of the NAACP will hold its 31st Annual “Tribute to a King” celebration on Monday, January 17th at 11:00AM at the historic St. James A.M.E. Zion Church located at 4th and Union Streets in Allentown. This annual spirited event celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and the public is invited to attend. This year’s theme, “Education – The Great Equalizer”, highlights the need for both youth and adults alike to commit themselves to embracing education as the path to improving their quality of life. Dr. King’s life exemplified dedication to education as the means to achieving economic and social advances.

The keynote speaker will be Reverend Karen R. Green, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Muhlenberg College. Karen has 32 years of successful experience working in higher education, student services and student life programs. Prior to joining the Muhlenberg College administration, she was Dean of Students at Wells College and Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs at Hamilton College.

Reverend Green received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College where she held (at various times) the positions of Assistant Dean of Students; Director of Orientation, Residence Life, and Student Activities; and Advisor for Multicultural Affairs and Counseling. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University where she was honored with three awards reflecting her excellence in academics, leadership, and faith. During her seminary studies, she also led Emory University's PREP Program, a bridge program for multicultural high school students pursuing studies in math and science.

Reverend Green is the recipient of numerous awards and is an acclaimed public speaker. In her first year at Muhlenberg, Reverend Green founded REJOICE, Muhlenberg’s renowned Gospel Choir. She is an Associate Minister at Union Baptist Church where she was instrumental in creating a community partnership between the Church and Muhlenberg College.

The NAACP was founded in 1909 and is the oldest civil rights organization in the world. For more information, contact Dan Bosket, President – Allentown NAACP at 610-780-9903.

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