“Coach Carter” To Keynote Annual MLK Dinner; Alan Rowe To Be Honored


Ken Carter

SACRAMENTO – The life and legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be remembered at the 14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

The event is set to run from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center. Join Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Co-chairs Dorothy and Jerry Enemoto and the Sacramento community for an evening of inspiration and celebration.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Ken Carter, the former Richmond basketball coach who inspired the movie “Coach Carter.” The theme will be “Keep the Dream Alive— Helping Youth Reach Their Full Potential.”

The 2013 Robert Matsui Award will be presented to education champion Dr. Alan Rowe. Dr. Rowe is the founder of the United College Action Network, or U-CAN, which has helped thousands of students gain enrollment to historically Black colleges and universities.

Tickets for the MLK Dinner are $100 or $750 for a table of eight. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefit Closing the Gap, a local non-profit seeking to close the academic achievement gap through tutoring, college counseling, career guidance and real world experience.

The Sacramento Convention Center is located at 1400 J Street in downtown Sacramento. For more information, contact Patty Cota at (916) 712-8740 or visit www.mlkcelebration.org.
By Observer Staff