Daughter of Martin Luther King to speak at Greater Columbus Urban League Gala Saturday

Dr. Bernice King visiting Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Empowering the disadvantaged and underserved is the goal of the National Urban League - making sure people have equal access to jobs, education and affordable housing.

The daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, Dr. Bernice King, will be in Columbus this Saturday night to reiterate that message.

King is the keynote speaker for the 20th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner for the Greater Columbus chapter of the Urban League.

Urban League president and CEO Susan Cooper says this fundraising dinner will allow the organization which has been helping people in the Greater Columbus area for 45 years, to continue its empowering programs..

"Our summer youth jobs program changed lives and the leadership role that we took in the MLK apartment fire allowed us to help 100 percent of those people find housing and that is what we do. We empower people and help them find tools and resources to have a better quality of life," said Susan Cooper.

WTVM's Barbara Gauthier and Davis Broadcasting Program Director Michael Soul will serve as the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies for the black tie gala Saturday night at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

The reception and Silent Auction begins at 6:30 pm and the Benefit Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. The theme of this year's event is "We are Empowered to Realize the Dream of Unity and Economic Equality for All."

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