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
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.