Coppin State University News
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, Coppin State University will honor the dream and legacy of late civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during its annual celebration breakfast. The tribute will be held in the university’s Talon Center at 9 a.m.
For the occasion, Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.), representing Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, will deliver the keynote address. Rep. Edwards was sworn in after a special election to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 110th Congress in June 2008, becoming the first African American woman to represent Maryland in Congress. She began her first full-term in the 111th Congress in 2009.
Congresswoman Edwards has donated her time and resources to many legislative accomplishments such as Maryland to the Afterschool Suppers Program, ensuring access to nutritional suppers to afterschool and youth development programs in schools located in low-income areas. During the health care debate, Congresswoman Edwards secured a provision that holds insurance companies accountable for unjustifiable rate increases. In addition, in 1994, as co-founder and executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, she led the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act that was signed into law by President Clinton.
The celebration will also include a special tribute to South African leader Nelson Mandela and recognition of CSU-MLK 2014 Eagle Award Honorees.
“As a historically black college and university (HBCU), it is critical that Coppin State University continue to be sensitive to Black History and the African American experience,” stated John Hudgins, PhD, convener of MLK Birthday Celebration. “The MLK Birthday celebration gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to a person whose life and accomplishments have been pivotal in the development of America as a more inclusive society. Thus faculty, staff, students, and community members come together on this day to recognize and honor the very essence of our Historically Black existence, which also is embodied in the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Coppin State University faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.