Leading Civil Rights Organization to Host “The Dream Come True” Inauguration Gala In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Election of Barack Obama as 44th President of the U.S.

 Washington, D.C. – In honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and in celebration of the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, Charles Steele, Jr., President and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) announced today that it is partnering with the leading civil rights organizations to host an inaugural ball on the evening of January 20th.  The evening will feature the nation’s civil rights pioneers who marched on Washington in 1963 with SCLC founder Dr King in pursuit of his dream, and who helped paved the way for this momentous day.
Co-hosting organizations include the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), MLK National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc., National Action Network, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), the National Urban League and Rainbow Push Coalition.

In addition, SCLC will also host a Prayer Unity Breakfast on Monday, January 19th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – to honor Dr. King and pay tribute to many of the organizations and individuals that participated in the historic 1963 March on Washington.   

Expected attendees include Martin L. King, III, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, the Hon. John Lewis (D-GA),U.S. Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – AFL-CIO Bill Lucy, Chair Emeritus NCNW Ms. Dorothy Height, Rev. Walter Fauntroy, President of APRI Ms. Clayola Brown, Rev. Joseph Lowery and Ms. Juanita Abernathy. Gospel singing sensation Dottie Peoples will perform at the breakfast.  To purchase tickets or for more information, go to:   

Details of the Prayer Breakfast:
WHEN:            Monday, January 19, 2009, 9:30 AM
WHERE:          L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
                     480 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
                     Washington, DC 20024

PRICE:            $25 Each, $250 Per Table, Prices of Tickets are Tax Deductible

Details of Inauguration Ball:
WHEN:           Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 7:30 PM EST – 1:30 AM  
WHERE:          L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
                     480 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
                     Washington, DC 20024

ATTIRE:          Black Tie

PRICE:            $175.00 each. Tickets are limited.
To purchase tickets or obtain more information, please go to:

January 19, 2009
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