JAN. 13

Save the date for the 2023 MLK Jr. Commemoration

This year's keynote speaker is Collette V. Smith, the National Football League's first African American female coach

Johns Hopkins' 41st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, in Turner Auditorium on the East Baltimore campus. The program also will be livestreamed.

In the spirit of King's selflessness in his mission to achieve equity and freedom for all, this year's theme is A Purpose Greater Than Ourselves.

The keynote will be given by Collette V. Smith, motivational speaker, founder and president of the Believe N You mentoring program, and the National Football League's first African American female coach. Smith will share how sports, and a focus on people and causes greater than herself, have inspired her to be an exemplar of courage and resilience for others.

Remarks will be delivered by Theodore L. DeWeese, interim dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine; Kevin W. Sowers, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine; and Sunil Kumar, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University.

The celebration will include recognition of the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards honorees and the recipient of the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Ideals Award, and music by Unified Voices, a choir composed of Johns Hopkins employees and East Baltimore residents. In addition, employee resource groups will have information display tables, and light refreshments will be available.

Being recognized for their volunteerism are Nicole Dawson-Matthews, medical assistant, JHCP Heart Care at Sibley; Latoya Frazier, intrastaff agency compliance coordinator; Elena MacFarlane, assistant professor in the School of Medicine; Alicia Wilson, vice president for economic development for the university and health system; and Lisa Young, a student in the School of Medicine.

Inez Stewart, senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will receive the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Ideals Award in recognition of her advocacy work on behalf of women and vulnerable communities.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee is co-chaired by Sherita Hill Golden, vice president and chief diversity officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Antoinette Parker, director of Executive Communications in the Office of the President of Johns Hopkins Health System.

For planning purposes, registration for the event is encouraged.

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