DETROIT, Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renowned political strategist, author and syndicated columnist Donna Brazile will deliver the keynote address during Wayne State University's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, located at 3711 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.
Net proceeds from the event will support Adopt-A-Classroom, a national organization that empowers teachers with community partners and funds to purchase resources for their classrooms. Wayne State, in partnership with its tribute sponsors, has donated more than $28,000 to Adopt-A-Classroom over the past four years.
"The King tribute gives us an opportunity to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King while celebrating diversity, the arts and the many contributions of our community," said Victor Green, WSU director of community relations. "We are excited to have Ms. Brazile as the keynote speaker. She is a powerful leader whose work personifies the spirit of the King observance. The 2012 tribute is sure to inspire all who attend."
The event includes special recognition of community leaders who exemplify King's goals and philosophy, as well as a performance by the InsideOut Literary Arts Project's Citywide Poets, an award-winning group of high school spoken word artists.
Tickets are $10 for the program only, or $65 for the program with strolling luncheon. Parking is free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit govaffairs.wayne.edu or call 313-577-0701.
About Donna Brazile
A recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's highest award for political achievement, Donna Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager for former vice president Al Gore, becoming the first African American woman to manage a presidential campaign.
She is the vice chair of voter registration and participation for the Democratic National Committee.
In 2009, Brazile was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine's first-ever Power List as one of 20 remarkable visionaries. She also was named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine.
About the King tribute
Established in the late 1990s, Wayne State University's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute has featured prominent civil rights leaders and advocates including author and activist C. T. Vivian, world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson, Essence magazine editor emeritus Susan Taylor, prominent Detroit minister Rev. Charles G. Adams, and NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
A comprehensive digital press kit is available at https://docs.wayne.edu/4ef0ec035a680.pdf.
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students.
SOURCE Wayne State University