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U. S. District Judge Steve C. Jones Delivers Keynote Speech at MLK Jr. Freedom Breakfast 2020

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That’s a snippet of one of the performances by the Ebenezer Baptist Church West Choir at UGA’s 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast.

It was another packed house for the event, which featured Athens native Steve C. Jones, a U.S. District Judge of the Northern District of Georgia. Judge Jones quoted Dr. King and challenged those attending to get involved.

“Dr. King once said, the ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people…but the silence by the good people.”

The Judge referenced UGA’s first African-American graduate Mary Frances Early during his speech.

“The sacrifice of one individual, not only made Mary Frances Early the first [African-American] graduate of the University of Georgia, but it made the University of Georgia a better place,” according to Jones.

The 2020 winners of the president’s Fulfilling the dream Award were also recognized during the event. The breakfast is hosted by UGA in collaboration with the ACC government and the Clarke County School District.

Breakfast honors the legacy of the late civil rights leader, recognizing individuals in the community whose work has made significant contributions regarding race relations, justice and human rights with the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award.

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