The 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner, presented by the Annapolis based Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, will be held 6 p.m., Jan. 17 at La Fontaine Bleue, 7514 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.
This largest King birthday celebration in Anne Arundel County will feature Shirley Sherrod, civil rights activist, as the keynote speaker. She is best known as the African-American woman wrongly fired in 2010 by the Obama administration for allegedly making racist remarks. President Obama apologized to her and she has written about her experiences in a book (The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear) that she will sign at the dinner. Those to be honored for their actions to keep the legacy of Dr. King alive include; Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Gerald Stansbury of the Maryland NAACP, Larry White Sr., Marc L. Apter, Dr. Oscar Barton Jr., Antonio Downing, Sylvia Rogers Greene, Kathy Koch, Julie C. Snyder and the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. Tickets and additional information at 410-760-4115<tel:410-760-4115> or www.mlkmd.org<http://www.mlkmd.org.
In 1988, then Alderman Carl O. Snowden founded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner in Anne Arundel County. The dinner is designed to honor the legacy of Dr. King by honoring those who through their deeds, words and actions have helped to keep his legacy alive.