Judge Luis G. Perez Named Keynote Speaker At Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Dartmouth, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced today that the honorable Judge Luis G. Perez will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Friday, January 30, 2004. This special event, which will be held in the UMass Dartmouth Campus Center from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., acknowledges the contributions of both campus and community leaders who work diligently to keep Dr. King's dream alive.

Dartmouth, MA—The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced today that the honorable Judge Luis G. Perez will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Friday, January 30, 2004. This special event, which will be held in the UMass Dartmouth Campus Center from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., acknowledges the contributions of both campus and community leaders who work diligently to keep Dr. King’s dream alive. 

Judge Perez has been widely recognized for his involvement in significant and continuous efforts to serve the growing and diverse Latino community for the past 30 years, as well as for community service dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in the Worcester area. 

“Judge Luis Perez embodies Dr. King’s dream of equality, social justice, and peace,” said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack. “His lifelong commitment has distinguished him as one of the nation’s leaders in community service. We are honored and excited that he will join the University to celebrate another great leader.” 

For the past several years, the U.S. Government has invited Judge Perez to conduct lectures in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Venezuela and Spain on juvenile justice reforms. Judge Perez has led many initiatives dedicated to advocating and promoting children's rights and services. Further, Judge Perez has been the recipient of many certificates and awards in recognition of his advocacy roles, not only from the Latino community, but also from the Worcester community in general. 

“In these times of escalating violence and intolerance, it is more important than ever that we keep Dr. King’s dreams of equality and social justice at the forefront of our society,” added Assistant Chancellor George Smith. “Judge Perez truly is a ‘Drum Major’ for social justice, non-violence and equality. I am certain that his remarks at the breakfast will be inspirational.” 

In 1999, Judge Perez along with Congressman James P. McGovern brought together many concerned individuals and institutions and developed the Worcester Working Coalition for Latino Students. The coalition created the Latino Education Institute in close partnership with Worcester State College. The Kellogg Foundation recently awarded the Latino Education Institute over a million-dollar grant. 

Judge Perez has served on many board of directors and charitable organizations, too numerous to name. Along with other community members, he was a catalyst in the establishment of the first Latino grass roots community advocacy organization in Worcester A.L.P.A. (Asociacion Latina Para Progreso Y Accion), the first Hispanic Parents Advisory Council on Bilingual Education, the first drug treatment program for Hispanics called "Primera Parada", the first Hispanic softball league named after baseball legend Roberto Clemente, the advocacy and research group "La Cumbre," and "Centro Las Americas," a multi service and cultural center. 

The Drum Major Award will honor individuals who have made significant contributions toward realizing Dr. King’s dream of equality, social justice, and peace. UMass Dartmouth will donate $1,000 to a charity of choice in the name of each award recipient. This event is open to the public and tickets are on sale now. 

For more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, contact Dr. George Smith at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 


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