Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., will be the keynote speaker at the Palm Beach State College 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 17.
The celebration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:15 a.m. The activities will take place in the outdoor plaza on the Lake Worth campus named in King’s honor and the Duncan Theatre. It is free and open to the public.
During the celebration, the college will recognize the recipients of its Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award.
Dees founded the SPLC in 1971 with attorney Joseph J. Levin Jr.; civil rights activist Julian Bond became the center’s first president. Early cases included integrating the Alabama State Troopers and desegregating the Montgomery YMCA. The SPLC, funded by donations from more than 300,000 citizens across the nation, quickly grew into one of America’s most successful and innovative public interest law firms.
For more information about the celebration, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/mlk.