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King Holiday Celebration - 2006



P R E S S   R E L E A S E


For Immediate Release:

January 4, 2006


Contact: Corrine Innis

(212) 598-4000


CORE To Honor Mississippi For Strides In Race Relations


 Governor Haley Barbour To Receive The Award For The State


Ambassador John Bolton To Address CORE MLK Gathering



On Monday, January 16, 2006, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) will celebrate the 22nd annual Martin Luther King Ambassadorial Reception and Awards Dinner at the New York Sheraton Hotel and Towers. It is the preeminent Martin Luther King celebration in the country. In years past, attendees have included the First Lady Laura Bush, Senator Bill Frist, Senator Charles Schumer, and former Mayor Rudy Guliani. Notable honorees have included Elie Weisel, B.B. King, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, and Secretary of State James Baker 111.


This year, CORE will honor the people of Mississippi for the strides they have made in race relations. The Honorable Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi, will accept the award for the state. The state of Mississippi has made the most dramatic changes in the United States in race relations. It can now boast of having more African American elected officials than other states. Jackson Airport has been changed to Jackson-Evers International Airport to honor Medgar Evers. Mississippi has named a highway for Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner, CORE civil rights workers who were murdered challenging segregation in Mississippi. 


Other Honored guests include Ambassador John Bolton, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and the Marion Anderson String Quartet. CORE’s MLK celebrations are designed to bring together people of divergent views, under the umbrella of Dr. King. CORE’s National Chairman, Roy Innis calls Dr. King America’s Prince of Peace and the United Nations the Citadel of Peace. For this reason, CORE always invites large numbers of United Nations Ambassadors from around the world.


CORE was founded on principles that foster dialogue- that are inclusive not exclusive, and seek reconciliation not recrimination.


For more information call CORE.


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