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Sir Hilary, Fauci to get MLK Day awards

Sir Hilary, Fauci to get MLK Day awards
Sir Hilary Beckles. (FILE)

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KINGSTON – Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and Dr Anthony Fauci will be conferred with Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day awards by the US National Action Network (NAN).

President and founder Rev. Al Sharpton said the 30th anniversary awards would take place on MLK Day, January 18,

The work and the legacy of Dr King are celebrated at the annual breakfast event and people are honoured with a view to refocusing and sustaining his dream.

Sir Hilary is recognised for his global advocacy, academic scholarship and intellectual leadership in support of social justice, institutional equity and economic development for marginalised and oppressed ethnicities and nations.

Sir Hilary, vice-chancellor of The University of the West Indies, president of Universities Caribbean, chairman of the Caribbean Examinations Council, chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and advisor on Sustainable Development to former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will receive the Peace and Freedom Award.

Fauci, famous American physician and renowned Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will receive the Lifetime Community Service Award.

Prior awardees include the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton; Berry Gordy, Founder of Motown Music and the 82nd Attorney General of the USA, Eric Holder. Event speakers included president-elect Joe Biden and United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day ceremony and awards will be held in Washington, DC on January 18 from 11 a.m. Jamaica, noon AST. The event will be streamed live on UWItv’s website, cable channels on Flow EVO and Facebook page. (PR/SAT)