2015 Luncheon Information
2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Rev. Al Sharpton
Civil Rights Leader
Rev. Alfred "Al" Sharpton, Jr. is the founder and President of the National Action Network, a not for profit civil rights organization. As one of the most-renowned civil rights leaders, a March 2013 Zogby poll said one out of every four African Americans say he is the person who speaks most for them. Rev. Sharpton is the host of the daily television show “Politics Nation” on MSNBC. He also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show “Keepin it Real”. Reverend Sharpton is the author of The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership. The CBS Show, 60 Minutes said “Sharpton is the go to Black leader today”. He is a trusted White House adviser who, according to 60 Minutes, has "become the president's go-to black leader". In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election. Throughout his career, “Rev. Al” has challenged the American political establishment to include all people regardless of race, gender, socio-economic status or beliefs. He has been at the vanguard of issues promoting equality and justice. Rev. Sharpton is a champion for human rights; and is passionate about key issues that involve confronting human rights violations. He was educated in New York public schools and attended Brooklyn College. He has a Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Bethune- Cookman University, Virginia Union University, and an honorary degree from A.P. Bible College. He is the Guest Speaker for the 10th Annual Scholarship Luncheon of the Howard Club of South West Florida.
World-Renowned Boxing Promoter & CEO/Founder of Don King Productions, Inc.
Donald King, known by the world as "Don" King is a product of the Cleveland, Ohio public school system. He experienced life in the hard-core ghetto of Cleveland. He beat the odds and the system to become the world’s greatest boxing promoter. He is the founder and CEO of Don King Productions, Inc. He has been featured on the covers of Time, Sports Illustrated, Ebony and Jet, with feature stories in countless other magazines and newspapers. He has appeared in movies, television shows, and on countless television and radio talk shows. Don was the only boxing promoter named to Sports Illustrated’s list of the “40 Most Influential Sports Figures in the Past 40 Years.” The New York Times included Don King among the list of 100 African Americans who have helped shape America’s history during the last century. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997. His career spans more than four decades and includes the promotion of fights all around the world. He was the first promoter to pay an African American fighter a million dollars. Since then, more than 100 individual boxers have earned $1 million dollars or more from Don King Productions promoted events. Don has been the recipient of too many awards and honors to mention here. The NAACP recognized his achievements by awarding him its highest honor, The President’s Award. He established the Don King Foundation, which has donated millions of dollars to worthy causes. He received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Shaw University. He also received the Prestigious “Legacy Award for Outstanding Community Service from Medgar Evers College, in Brooklyn, New York. All three major boxing organizations, the IBF, WBA and WBC have proclaimed Don King the “Greatest Promoter in History”. Don King will be the recipient of a special award.
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