Former President and CEO of the NAACP Cornell Brooks was the keynote speaker at the 34th Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration in Charlottesville, Va, hosted by the 50-member Charlottesville Clergy Collective and NBC Covenant of Action partners New Beginnings Christian Community and Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church.

The event, held Jan. 20 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School, was centered around the theme, “Women in the Movement.” The committee presented the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Award to Charlottesville-area resident Theresa Price who has worked tirelessly for yeas in the community as a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. The award is given to a person who has demonstrated Dr. King’s commitment to civil rights and to improving understanding between peoples of different races and ethnic backgrounds.

The celebration was part of a series of local events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.

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