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     Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Luncheon

The Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday Commission is proud to announce that our 31st Annual Celebration Luncheon in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016, in downtown Lansing at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue. The luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. (doors open at 10:30 a.m.). Our theme is: "True Peace is not Merely the Absence of Tension, but the Presence of Justice."

   Keynote speaker Mr. Andrew Young

Andrew Young has always viewed his career through the lens of his first career- that of ordained minister. His work for civil and human rights, his many years in public office as Congressman, United Nations Ambassador and Mayor, his leadership of the Atlanta Olympic Games, his advocacy of investment in Africa through GoodWorks International, and the establishment of the Andrew J. Young Foundation are all a response to his call to serve.

Ambassador Young brings a unique perspective formed by his wealth of experience in national and global leadership to his focus on the challenges of this era. He confronted segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and galvanized a movement that transformed a nation through non-violence. Young was a key strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1972, the first African-American elected from the deep South since Reconstruction. In 1977, President Carter appointed him to serve as the nation's first African-American Ambassador to the United Nations, where he negotiated an end to white minority rule in Namibia and Zimbabwe and brought Carter’s emphasis on human rights to international diplomacy.

Ambassador Young led the effort to bring the Centennial Olympic Games to Atlanta and as Co-Chair of the Atlanta Olympic Committee, he oversaw the largest Olympic Games in history- in the number of countries, the number of athletes and the number of spectators. He was awarded the Olympic Order, the highest award of the Olympic Movement.

The President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom and France awarded him the Legion d’Honneur, the greatest civilian honor in each nation. He has received an EMMY for Lifetime Achievement and his portrait is a part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

He serves on a number of boards, including: the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change, Barrick Gold, the United Nations Foundation and the Atlanta Falcons, the Andrew Young School for Policy Studies at Georgia State University and Morehouse College.

Ambassador Young is the author of three books: A Way Out of No Way, An Easy Burden and Walk in My Shoes. He is the father of 4 and the grandfather of 8. Ambassador Young and his wife, the educator and civic leader, Carolyn McClain Young reside in Atlanta.

     Special Guest Vocalist Bishop Jason Nelson

Bio: Jason Nelson pastors the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church, a thriving ministry in Windsor Mill, Maryland.  In addition, he's one of the most recognized voices in gospel music and is considered to possess a rare gift in the Body of Christ as he releases the power of the presence of God.

Jason established his vocal status and exceptional anointing in 2005 with the release of his first solo project, "I Shall Live".  Not only a gifted voice, but a gifted song writer. The songs written for this project propelled Jason onto the industry watch list. The highly anticipated "Shifting the Atmosphere" project, which was released May 22, 2012, gives insight to its audience with the application of the Praise and Worship.

In 2013, Jason received a Stellar Award for Praise and Worship CD of the Year. Jason is known for great hits such as "I Shall Live", "Shifting the Atmosphere", and "Nothing Without You".  Earlier this year, Jason released his latest project, "Jesus Revealed", which has the #1 song... "I Am".  Yet, even with all of these amazing achievements, Jason still considers one of his greatest accomplishments to be his family, wife Tonya and children Jaelyn and Jason Christopher.

Purchase Ads for the Souvenir Booklet:

Advertising space is available within the Luncheon Souvenir Booklet. Please download and fill out the invoice form and submit with checks made payable to MLK Area Holiday Commission. Also, if you would like to "Go Green", you can submit your information "online".

Purchase of Luncheon Tickets

Tickets are $40.00/ person or $320.00/ table of eight (8). Tickets can be purchased as follows:

By Mail:

Checks should be made payable to: MLK Area Holiday Commission. Mail ticket request to our attention at P.O. Box 24112, Lansing, Michigan 48909 or call (517) 483-7637.

In Person:

East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

By E-mail:

Send e-mail requests to GLMLKADS@gmail.com. All tickets requested via e-mail will not be distributed until payment is received. Tickets will be available soon. For current updates, please visit our website at www.lansingmi.gov/MLK or you can visit us on facebook and Twitter too!


MLK, Jr. Holiday Commission welcome sponsors to assist with underwriting service projects that address our communities' most pressing needs such as literacy, youth violence, hunger, mentoring, education and community enrichment. For more information, please download our Legacy Sponsorship Brochure.



MLK, Jr. Holiday Commission
PO Box 24112
Lansing, MI 48909-4112