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35th Annual
Martin Luther King Luncheon


The African American Community Service Agency presents the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Luncheon, a celebratory program acknowledging the Life, Legend and Legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year our annual program will be presented January 19th, 2015 at the San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, 1740 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95112. Program starts at 12:00 noon and end at 2:00 pm. Networking and seating starts at 11:00 am.

The Annual Martin Luther King Luncheon is a celebration of the life and legacy of the late Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States and he is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bernard Harris
Keynote Speaker
We are very excited to announce that this year's keynote speaker is Dr. Bernard Harris. Dr. Harris was at NASA for ten years, where he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis. He conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space. Selected into the Astronaut Corp in January 1990, Dr. Harris was a Mission Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-55/Spacelab D-2 in 1993. As Payload Commander on Space Shuttle Discovery STS-63 in 1995, he served on the first flight of the joint Russian-American Space Program, becoming the "First African American to walk in Space". Click here to read more.....

Co-Masters of Ceremony
This year's Co-Masters of Ceremony are Ms. Helen Kassa and Ms. Brijet Rene Finister.

Helen Kassa is an emerging social entrepreneur and has been involved in humanitarian and community services since she was eight-years old. She is currently a junior at Prospect High School in Saratoga, California and her family heritage is Ethiopian. At age eight, she founded a humanitarian educational program here in the United States and in Ethiopia, called Giving Hope to Kids Like Me. The primary focus of her work is the utilization of education as a tool to help communities raise themselves out of poverty. Click here to read more.....

Brijet Rene Finister is 24 years old and an accomplished businesswoman. She graduated from San Francisco State University in the Spring of 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. From there, she took her talents an alternate route. She is currently a licensed financial services professional with the following licenses; life insurance, debt resolution, auto/home insurance, long term care insurance, and securities (investing) Series 6, 63, and 26. Click here to read more.....

"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right."
                        Martin Luther King, Jr.
Purchasing Tickets
Online ticket purchase is closed; however, limited number of tickets can be purchase at the event for $75.00 per person.

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Souvenir Journal

Our MLK Souvenir Journal will be available at the event. Thank you to all who supported the Agency by placing an ad.

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Entertainment will be provided by Ms. Victoria Thuy McDowell. Ms. McDowell, is 11 years old, honor roll student and loves to perform by singing, dancing and acting. She was honored to perform the US National and Vietnamese National Anthems at San Jose City Hall and at many functions in the Bay Area and southern California. Click here to read more.....