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CORE's Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Award


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Chairman of the event, Executive Vice President of Pfizer, Inc., Rich Bagger


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Keynote Speaker, H.E. John Bolton, US Ambassador to the United Nations


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Ambassador Bolton speaks to the media at the pre-event press conference


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(l-r) Pfizer V.P., Rich Bagger; Roy Innis; Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour; NRA Executive V.P., Wayne LaPierre and radio personality, Barry Farber


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Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour accepts award on behalf of the citizen of the State of Mississippi


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Governor Barbour speaks about the tremendous progress Mississippi has made in the area of Civil Rights


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Ghana's Ambassador to the United Nations


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Superstar entertainer Usher Raymond III received CORE's MLK Award for "Outstanding Acheivement" and for being a positive role model for our youth


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Usher poses with his mother, Jonetta Patton and CORE Chairman Roy Innis


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Usher and Innis share a laugh during a light moment in the program


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During his remarks, Usher brought the audience to its feet with an impromptu impersonation of Stevie Wonder singing "Happy Birthday" to Dr. King


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Usher spoke about the importance of positive role models for our youth and announced the formation of his "New Look" Foundation to promote that cause


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Usher's mom, Jonetta Patton, was caught totally by surprise when she was presented with a CORE award for being a positive role model for mothers


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The Marian Anderson String Quartet performed and received a CORE MLK Holiday Award for "Outstanding Acheivement"


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Diva Mel'isa Morgan performed "Lift Every Voice & Sing"


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The New York Troup of the USO performed the "National Anthem"


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Usher and fellow recording artist, Zapata, from the hit latino recording group, Projecto Uno


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