46th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

On Friday, January 13, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles honored Dr. Clarence B. Jones with the Human Dignity Award and Antonia Hernández with the Brotherhood Award at its 46th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast. Lynn Swann, Athletic Director for the University of Southern California, delivered the keynote address to more than 800 guests in attendance at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.

Jones, Scholar Writer in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, has a long and storied role in the Civil Rights Movement as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s attorney and speech writer, assisting Dr. King in drafting his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. He accepted his award on behalf of all of those who came before him, stood beside him and continue the ongoing fight for justice for all.

As President and CEO of California Community Foundation, Hernández is nationally regarded for her career in social justice, philanthropy and the non-profit sector. Honored for her advocacy of underserved communities and philanthropic organizations throughout Los Angeles, she emphasized the importance of bringing people together in order to make a significant difference in every community.

Dr. King was a member of the Butler Street YMCA in Atlanta, Georgia. In his honor, the LA Y created the Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast to recognize community leaders whose work pays tribute to Dr. King’s lifelong commitment to equality, social justice and community service.

YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles (LA Y) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening communities by supporting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Welcoming individuals of all ages, faiths and backgrounds, the Y is committed to nurturing everyone’s potential in spirit, mind and body. No one is turned away membership due to the inability to pay. Serving Los Angeles since 1882, the LA Y is comprised of 26 branches and three resident camps that stretch across 150 miles of Los Angeles County. Through unique programs and services, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles provides more than a quarter million families each year with the tools and encouragement to learn, grow and thrive. For more information, visit www.ymcaLA.org.

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