• Wed. Mar 29th, 2023

Freedom rider and activist keynotes National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s annual King Legacy Awards Breakfast

Free admission, coalition march and blood drive highlight day’s activities

Betty Rosemond. Photo provided

Betty Daniels Rosemond will keynote the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s 2020 King Legacy Awards Breakfast on Monday, January 20, 2020. The breakfast is NURFC’s annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those carrying on his legacy of inclusive freedom through the King Legacy Youth Leadership Program. 

The King Legacy Awards Breakfast recognizes the participants of the King Legacy Youth Leadership Program and will award three students for their work. The students will have an opportunity during the program to take the stage and share their presentation on Dr. King’s legacy today. Keynote speaker Betty Daniels Rosemond will also share her experiences with the audience.

Rosemond grew up in New Orleans and, once she came of age, joined CORE – the Congress of Racial Equality, one of the leading civil rights activist organizations. She was a freedom rider in the 1960s and risked her life advocating and agitating for racial equality in the segregated south. 

NURFC will celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with a full day of programming and free admission from Noon to 5 p.m. Additionally, guests are invited to join in the 45th annual MLK Coalition March, which will begin outside NURFC at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to Fountain Square for an interfaith prayer service. From Fountain Square, the march will continue to Music Hall. 

NURFC will also be screening True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality, a film about Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson who, for three decades, has worked to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. 

2020 King Legacy Awards Breakfast

7:30 a.m. Doors open
8 a.m. Breakfast & Program
10 a.m. Documentary screening of the Emmy Award-winning film Mandela: Prepared to Die
10:30 a.m. MLK Coalition March

Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for children 17 and under. Seating is limited so please RSVP by December 30, 2019 by calling (513) 333-7541 or visiting freedomcenter.org/mlk2020.