Daymond John to appear at 2016 MLK Commemoration

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Daymond John, the CEO and founder of FUBU and “Shark” on Shark Tank will appear at the January 16, 2016 MLK: The Dream Lives Unity Commemoration.

John has spent his life working as an entrepreneur and was recently named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.

For his work he has been awarded 35 times including the prestigious “Marketer of the Year” from Brandweek’s and Young’s “Master of Excellence Award.”

The Dream Lives event is a community festival that gathers a diverse group to celebrate the continued importance and relevancy of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of unity, equality, and justice for all people regardless of race, classification or economic status.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says,

“We feel Daymond John’s success story is inspirational to people of all ages and his perspective on diversity and overcoming challenges in an increasingly diverse world will be something many want to hear. Mr. John exhibits the Dream in his new ear and we are fortunate he will be coming to Columbus to share his thoughts on these important matters with our community. His story is amazing and it’s one of the reason we wanted our audience to hear him.”

This will be the third year the Mayor’s Commission has organized the commemorative event and the second year it will be held in the Liberty Cultural District. The Liberty Cultural District was once hub for African American entertainment and culture and the Liberty Theater is a major historic landmark having hosted on its stage such notables as Cab Calloway, Ma Rainey, and Nat King Cole.

Last year’s The Dream Lives event drew nearly 2,000 attendees, including school bands, youth, civic and religious groups, and sororities and fraternities, as well as the general public.

The event features a Unity Processional that commences promptly at noon and converges on the green space in front of the Liberty Theater, in addition to the MLK 5K organized in collaboration with the Courier newspaper and Big Dog Running.

Organizers of the event expect to announce the full slate of activities as the date of the event nears.

 

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