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Rev. Al Sharpton & NAN to Host Martin Luther King Day Events in Washington, New York, New Jersey, & Across the Country

Jan 09, 2020

Featuring former President Bill Clinton, prominent civil rights leaders, and elected officials, events will reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and seek to build bridges in wake of national rise in hate crimes

Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN) will welcome prominent elected officials and civil rights leaders at events all over the country on Monday, January 20 to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and address how it can be protected in the age of Donald Trump. NAN chapters across the United States will recognize the holiday with civil rights events in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Newark, NJ; Cleveland, OH; Charleston, SC; Macon, GA; San Diego, CA; and many others.

The schedule and attendees for the events in Washington, New Jersey, and New York are listed below.

Washington, DC

Rev. Sharpton will present former President Bill Clinton with the MLK Day Lifetime of Excellence in Public Service Award; Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, with the NAN Entrepreneur & Pioneer Award; Joan Mulholland from Freedom Rider (Civil Rights Movement) with the MLK Day Peace and Freedom Award; Karine Jean-Pierre, MSNBC analyst and senior advisor, with the MLK Day Visionary Award; Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, General President at IUPAT, with the MLK Day Labor Leader of the Year Award; and Aalayah Eastmond a Parkland Shooting Survivor with the MLK Day Youth Award.

Martin Luther King Day Civil Rights Breakfast (Media Registration Required – see below)

Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20036
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Honorary guests to include:

  • Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President, NAN
  • Martin Luther King, III, eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Human Rights Advocate
  • President William Jefferson Clinton: MLK Day Lifetime of Excellence in Public Service Award
  • Joan Mulholland, Freedom Rider (Civil Rights Movement): MLK Day Peace and Freedom Award
  • Karine Jean-Pierre, MSNBC Analyst & Senior Advisor, MLK Day Visionary Award
  • Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, General President, IUPAT: MLK Day Labor Leader of the Year Award
  • Aalayah Eastmond, Parkland Shooting Survivor, Parkland High: MLK Day Youth Award

RSVP: Those interested in covering the DC event should fill out this registration form. We will contact you shortly before the event with confirmation and logistical details.

Elizabeth, NJ

Martin Luther King Day New Jersey Event

10:00 a.m.
New Hope Baptist Church
91 Division Street, Elizabeth, NJ

Honorary guests to include:

  • Pastor Steffie Bartley, Senior Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church and NE Regional Director of NAN
  • Governor Phil Murphy
  • Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal
  • Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark
  • Pastor Anthony Wilcots, Bible Day, Houston, TX – Special Guest Preacher
  • Local elected officials and community leaders

New York City

Martin Luther King Day Public Policy Forum

National Action Network House of Justice
106 W. 145th St.
New York, NY 10039
1:00 p.m.

Honorary guests to include:

  • Rev. Al Sharpton
  • Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative
  • Yvette Clarke, U.S. Representative
  • Grace Meng, U.S. Representative
  • Jerry Nadler, U.S. Representative
  • Carolyn Maloney, U.S. Representative
  • Jumaane Williams, New York City Public Advocate
  • Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
  • Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
  • Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President
  • Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senate Majority Leader
  • Luis Sepulveda, New York State Senator
  • Leroy Comrie, New York State Senator
  • Robert Jackson, New York State Senator
  • Brian Benjamin, New York State Senator
  • Gustavo Rivera, New York State Senator
  • Kevin Parker, New York State Senator
  • Shelley Mayer, New York State Senator
  • Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator
  • Carl Heastie, New York State Assembly Speaker
  • Inez Dickens, New York State Assemblywoman
  • Al Taylor, New York State Assemblyman
  • Charles Fall, New York State Assemblyman
  • Nathalia Fernandez, New York State Assemblywoman
  • Dan Quart, New York State Assemblyman
  • Nick Perry, New York State Assemblyman
  • Mathieu Eugene, New York State Assemblyman
  • Catherine Nolan, New York State Assemblywoman
  • Walter Mosley, New York State Assemblyman
  • Karines Reyes, New York State Assemblywoman
  • Richard Gottfried, New York State Assemblyman
  • Felix Ortiz, New York State Assemblyman
  • Robert Rodriguez, New York State Assemblyman
  • LaToya Joyner, New York State Assemblywoman
  • Tremaine Wright, New York State Assemblywoman
  • Justin Brannan, New York City Councilman
  • Jimmy Van Bramer, New York City Councilman
  • Ydanis Rodriguez, New York City Councilwoman
  • Vanessa Gibson, New York City Councilwoman
  • Carlina Rivera, New York City Councilwoman
  • Fernando Cabrera, New York City Councilman
  • Robert Cornegy, New York City Councilman
  • Rory Lancman, New York City Councilman
  • Helen Rosenthal, New York City Councilwoman
  • Alicka Ampry-Samuel, New York City Councilwoman
  • Andy King, New York City Councilman
  • Brad Lander, New York City Councilman
  • Keith Powers, New York City Councilman
  • Mark Levine, New York City Councilman
  • Carlos Manchaca, New York City Councilman
  • State and local elected officials and clergy