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29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Freeman A. Hrabowski III will present "Pursuing the Dream: Above All Odds" at Sunday's Celebration

Freeman A. Hrabowski III will present “Pursuing the Dream: Above All Odds” at Sunday’s Celebration

Syracuse University and the local Community come together for the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration, a community-wide tradition lasting more than a quarter of a century, is one of the nation’s largest celebrations of Dr. King’s legacy on a university campus, including a sit-down dinner for more than 2,000 people on the floor of the Carrier Dome, followed by a festive program featuring our keynote speaker.

This year’s keynote speaker, Freeman Hrabowski III, will present: “Pursuing the Dream: Above All Odds”.  Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) served as president of UMBC since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, “Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.” He was named by President Barack Obama in 2012 to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

In 2008, he was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report.  TIME magazine named Hrabowski one of America’s “10 Best College Presidents” in 2009, and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012.  In 2011, he received both the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corp. of New York’s Academic Leadership Award, recognized by many as the nation’s highest awards among higher education leaders.

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