Nationally recognized leader in health policy Gail C. Christopher will deliver the keynote address at this year’ 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in the David S. Jenkins Gymnasium at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway in Arnold.
The theme of this year’s breakfast is "Keep on Pushing." Doors open and food is available at 7:30 a.m., with the program beginning promptly at 8 a.m. As in prior years, participants are asked to bring canned goods to be donated to a local food drive.
Former senior advisor and vice president of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the world's largest philanthropies, Christopher was the visionary for the organization’s Truth Racial Healing and Transformation effort for America. In 2017 she left her leadership position at the organization and launched the Maryland-based Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature, utilizing her particular expertise in integrative health and medicine. A prolific writer, she is the author or co-author of three books and a monthly column in the Federal Times. She has been in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Times, National Journal, Essence, “Good Morning America,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” National Public Radio and documentaries on PBS and CBS.
Christopher was honored in 1996 when she was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2007 she received the Leadership Award from the Health Brain Trust of the Congressional Black Caucus for her work in reducing racial and ethnic health disparities; in 2009 she was named a Society for Public Health Education Honorary Fellow for significant contributions to health education and to public health; in 2011 she was awarded the “Change Agent Award” by the Schott Foundation for Public Education; and in 2012 she received the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for her innovation and leadership in the field of maternal and child health. Most recently, in 2015 she received the Terrance Keenan award for Grantmakers in Health. She is the Board of the Trust’s chair for America's Health.
Tickets for the breakfast are $35 at Evenbrite. They also are available by contacting Eugene Peterson at 301-538-0887 or Erica Matthews at 443-761-9734. Make checks payable to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Committee and mail to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Committee, Attn: Erica Matthews, P.O. Box 6412, Annapolis, MD 21401.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Committee organizes the annual event.