The 2020 Leadership Awards Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Judge Pamela Alexander , Judge Alexander’s call to the legal profession began courageously at the age of twelve when she testiﬁed in court as a witness to the rape of her best friend. Judge Alexander’s courageous and exemplary career has continued as she consistently and relentlessly pursues her most central value as a judge and a person: equal justice for all. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Judge Alexander was the youngest of six children, however in her career she captured a number of “ﬁrsts.” Judge Alexander was the ﬁrst in her immediate family to graduate from college, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Augsburg College and was the ﬁrst in her family to attend law school, receiving her Juris Doctorate Degree for the University of Minnesota School of Law.
The 2020 Memorial Tribute Keynote Speaker, Reverend Dr. Harold Middlebrook , Born in Memphis on July 4, 1942, the Reverend Doctor Harold Middlebrook was a friend of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. and an active member of the civil rights movement. Rev. Dr. Middlebrook received his bachelor's degree from Atlanta's Morehouse College in 1963. He was ordained as a minister in 1966 and attended LeMoyne-Owen College and Memphis Theological Seminary in the 1970s. Rev. Dr. Middlebrook first became involved with the civil rights movement during his student years at Morehouse in the early 1960s. At Morehouse, he met Dr. King, then president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Middlebrook's association with the King family continued as Middlebrook served as the youth minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where both King and his father held pastorates. Middlebrook also became a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and participated in several sit-ins in Atlanta.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission
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