al sharpton*(New York, NY) – National Action Network (NAN), and its founder and President, Reverend Al Sharpton, will convene events in Washington, DC, and New York City on King Day 2012 as the organization leadership calls for a renewal of activism across the country.

On Monday, January 16th in Washington, DC, NAN will host the annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast at 8 am at the Grand Hyatt. The breakfast will honor those that have helped continue the legacy of Dr. King in their respective fields. Recipients include legendary music impresario Berry Gordy, who will receive the “King Lifetime Service Award,” and Alexis Herman, who will receive the “NAN Breaking Barriers Award.” Other honorees include Maurice Cox, recipient of the “Corporate Achievement Award,” and James Mitchell, who will receive the “NAN Economic Justice Award.

In New York City at 12 (Noon) at NAN headquarters “The House of Justice” (106 W. 145th Street) NAN will continue the tradition of holding a Public Policy Forum featuring leading elected officials, activists, clergy, and community members. The theme of this year’s King Day Public Policy Forum is anti-violence in the wake of so many murders in New York City relating to gun violence. There will be representatives from the government, police department and anti-violence groups who will share what they plan to do in 2012 to help diminish this crisis. This forum is free and open to the public.

NAN is dedicated to a modern civil rights agenda, which includes education, criminal justice, gun- violence prevention, healthcare and a standard of decency for all people. On this day in particular, NAN encourages elected officials, community activists, clergy and leaders across the country to pause and remember the example of Dr. King and the importance of his work. The annual King Day events not only celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, but provide an opportunity to refocus on the work each of us does to carry on his dream.

NAN is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the nation. NAN works extensively to promote a standard of decency for all people regardless of race or sex, social justice for all communities, and improvements in race relations. Through the years, NAN has served as a megaphone for the voiceless and an advocate for those in need.

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