The Akron Urban League is pleased to present its annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This breakfast is an opportunity for all residents of Summit County to come together and share in Dr. King’s vision of a more just and equitable union.
New York Times best selling author, director, screenwriter and producer, Antwone Fisher will keynote the event on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. The event is co-chaired by Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and City of Akron Mayor, Daniel M. Horrigan. Reverend Ronald J. Fowler, Pastor Laureate, Arlington Church of Church of God, Akron, Oh., will be honored with the Urban League’s Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.
Fisher, best known for his memoir, “Finding Fish: A Memoir” and eponymous film, was born in Cleveland to an incarcerated single mother. Weeks after his birth, Fisher was placed in the custody of the foster care system where he bounced from family to family suffering verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. Following his graduation from an all boys discipline school in Western Pa., Fisher enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he met Lt. Cmdr. Williams, a U.S. Navy psychiatrist. Fisher’s formal and informal counseling sessions with Williams to address the emotional trauma he suffered during childhood is the subject of the film, “Antwone Fisher.”
The theme of this year’s breakfast is ‘Overcoming in the 21st Century’. Dr. King’s work is not yet done and it is our hope that attendees will gain valuable insight into the challenges facing many African Americans and minorities in the 21st Century. We envision guests will walk away from the event committed to helping us change the tides of trouble into waves of hope to improve disparities in health, crime, education and employment.
Tickets to the event may be purchased online at akronurbanleague.org/MLK or in person at the Akron Urban League, located at 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron, Oh. 44307. Cost of the event is $20.00 per person. Proceeds benefit the Akron Urban League’s advocacy and community forums.
Immediately following the event, Fisher will sign copies of his book “Finding Fish: A Memoir.” Copies will be available for purchase on the day of the event. For more information on Fisher’s life and current projects, visit antwonefisher.net.
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