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This past weekend presented a vast gathering of local community officials, organizations and honorees all representing a very precious moment in time for our city and our nation to celebrate the life, legacy and the ongoing impact of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cincinnati, among others, celebrated the 25th anniversary of Dr. King’s birthday becoming a federal holiday and the 40th anniversary of his famed “I Have a Dream” speech. With a variety of events around town to honor this great man, his ministry and the effects of the Civil Rights Movement, we wanted to take the time to share our city’s experiences in keeping the dream alive.

THE KING LEGACY AWARDS BREAKFAST AT THE WESTIN CINCINNATI (GALLERY)

A great deal has changed in America since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began his mission and movement for racial equality, but this week one thing remains the same. That is simply the fact that people are still fighting for freedom, equality, justice and unity and there are many who deserve to be honored for their successful strides in our community.

Take a look at the featured photo gallery capturing the entire experience we had together at the annual King Legacy Awards Breakfast in honor of not only Dr. King’s mission, but also the best and brightest of Cincinnati (listed below).

Courtis Fuller, Master of Ceremonies

King Legacy Award Honorees: Lillian A. Hawkins, Ph.D.; Bert B. Lockwood; Barron M. Witherspoon, Sr.

King Legacy Youth Award Honorees: Iva Durand, III (senior, Withrow University High School); William M. Merritt (senior, North College Hill High School); Margarette Tarver (senior, Indian Hill High School).

Special Guests: Sen. Eric Kearney; Alphonso “Zo” Wesson; Father Dave Lemkuhl (St. Anthony Church); Brittainy Walton, Miss Black Ohio USA 2011; Isaiah Reeves (vocalist); McKenzie Mack (vocalist)

THE UNC CELEBRATES MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S LEGACY

A COMPLETE LIST OF MLK EVENTS IN CINCINNATI

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