Princeton University MLK Day Celebration, 2011


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Thomas Parker
2011 MLK Day Journey Award for Lifetime Service winner
Princeton University

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Josue Lajeunesse
MLK Day Journey Award for Special Achievement winner
Princeton University

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In introductory remarks at the University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 17, Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman emphasizes that today's young generation has a responsibility to use technological advances for the greater good. The King Day ceremony focused on exploring the environmental impact of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast region, in the context of King's vision for equality and his concern for the poor and oppressed.

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Keynote speaker Van Jones, an environmental activist who is a visiting fellow at Princeton, exhorts young members of the King Day audience to embrace the challenge of preserving America's future by using their technological skills and by promoting environmental sustainability.

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Visual arts, literary arts and video contest first-place winners are (from left) Robyn Carter, grade 6; Taylor Filippini, grade 10; Carlie Fasanella, grade 12; Devon Fitzgerald, grade 9; and Iman Khan, grade 8.

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Thomas Parker, a University mail career who has been involved in many efforts to serve the campus and local communities, receives the Journey Award for Lifetime Service from Tilghman as Lajeunesse looks on.

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Soloist Rochelle Ellis offers a musical selection, backed by the One Voice-Trenton Children's Chorus and Westminster Conservatory Cantus.

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A member of the children's chorus performs at the King Day ceremony.

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