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Core’s Annual Dinner Will Be Star-Studded Gala

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On Monday, January 18th 2010, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), America’s third oldest and largest civil rights organization, will host its 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ambassadorial Reception and Awards Dinner at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, 52nd Street at Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. Reception is at 6:30 p.m., dinner and awards begin at 7:30 p.m. Black Tie or National Dress.

The dinner, which is the largest annual celebration in honor of the King Holiday, attracts many local and national politicians as well as celebrities from Hollywood, the music industry and the sports world. Many embassies will send their ambassadors and consuls general to attend as official representatives.

Each year, special guests serve as Masters of Ceremony and as keynote speakers. Past MC’s have included talk radio host Sean Hannity, NY Post gossip queen Cindy Adams, comedian Alan King and actor Tony LoBianco. Keynote speakers have included First Lady Laura Bush and Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Past CORE honorees have included Nobel Prize winner Elie Weisel, international women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Actors Morgan Freeman and Charlton Heston, sports legends Muhammad Ali and Hank Aaron, music superstars Brandy, Janet Jackson and Usher, civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks and, posthumously, former CORE workers and civil rights heroes James Cheney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.

The 2010 dinner promises to have one of the most dynamic lineups of attendees and honorees. Confirmed guests will be announced shortly. There will be a press conference during the dinner that will include all the hosts, special guests and honorees.

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