King Holiday Celebration
CORE’s 2011 Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Celebration was a huge
success. More than 2000 people attended including
Ambassadors from 72 countries around the world.
In addition to celebrating the King Holiday, the event
also celebrated Barack Obama’s tremendous victory in
becoming the 1st African-American to be
elected President of the United States.
Under the theme “Remembering the Past,
Celebrating the Present & Planning for the Future”,
the annual gala honored the three CORE
workers, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew
Goodman, who were murdered by the klu klux klan in
1964; the 1972 Democratic nominee for President and
former U.S. Senator, George McGovern, and Charles Payne,
founder & CEO of Wall Street Strategies. Legendary
crooner and the first “American Idol” Pat Boone served
as Master of Ceremonies.
Next year’s event, set for January 18, 2010 at the
Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City will
have added historical significance since it will mark
the 25th Anniversary of the official Holiday.
The Act creating the holiday was passed & signed into
law on Nov. 2, 1983 by then President Ronald Reagan.
However the first official Holiday was not observed
until January 20, 1986.
honorees and participants have been invited to once
again join us in celebrating this historic occasion. Several exciting features are planned including a video
montage of the event over the past 24 years and a
special performance by a surprise recording
CORE & U.N.
host Global Forum
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The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Sheikha Haya Rashed Al
Khalifa, gave the welcoming comments, United Nations Millennium
Project Director Jeffrey Sachs, delivered the keynote address and
H.E. Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
chaired the event.
Under Secretary- General
Tharoor (center) with Jeff Sachs(right) and Dr. Mehti, President of
the Friends of the United Nations
Part of the 2 day event was a youth forum for college students and
young professionals. Participants included students from many
universities, like Columbia, Brandeis, Harvard, Rutgers, New York
and Georgetown. The forum chose 6 individuals to bring the voices
of youth to each of the six main
Participants in the youth forum listen as speakers talk about the
core values of the UN Millenium Project
CORE hosted the
closing reception for the event in the Great Hall of the UN General
Assembly building. TV soap opera icon, Susan Lucci, served as
Mistress of Ceremonies and the cast from the hit Broadway Musical,
“The Color Purple” provided the entertainment.
CORE Volunteers and
other participants pose with daytime TV superstar Susan Lucci (4th
than 1,600 people from around the world attended the forum.
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partnered with Wal-Mart last week to kick off a program that allows
qualified individuals to get the generic form of their prescribed
medications for only $4.00 each using a CORE/Wal-Mart issued
Executive Director, George Holmes said all members will
automatically receive the discount card as part of their membership
package. Others, he added, can come into a CORE office to
said that, based on current prices, this benefit could save a family
hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year in prescribed
that the discount card can be used in conjunction with any insurance
you may have but you can still use the card even if you don’t have
insurance. Most medications for the treatment of diabetes, high
blood pressure and heart disease are included
prescription discount program is one of the newest services provided
by CORE such as job training, immigration assistance. Discrimination
complaints and Financial Literacy classes. For more information
about this or any of CORE’s programs call (212) 598-4000.
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