“An individual has not started living until he can RISE above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King’s eloquent words are as relevant today as they were more than 50 years ago. Dr. King was trying to help us understand that we must not only care about the issues that impact our immediate community, but that we must rise above and understand the world as others experience it. Building empathy and fighting for issues that do not directly impact us is the only way that we can truly improve our world. Until all of us can live with dignity, none of us can.
Join us for the 2020 River Falls Community
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast
Monday, January 20, 2020
Saint Bridget Fellowship Hall,
211 East Division St, River Falls WI 54022
Hot Breakfast compliments of the River Falls Lions Club
Youth Centerpiece and Placemat Art
Presentation to Youth Community Service Award Winner
Youth Poetry/Essay Winners Read their Poem/Essay
Donation Recipient: UNCF (United Negro College Fund)
Live Stream Broadcast of Keynote Speech by The Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr.*
Additional Information @ www.saintbridgets.org/mlk.cfm & Facebook MLK Jr Breakfast - River Falls, WI
$5.00 Suggested Donation (children under 12 free)
REGISTER AT EVENTBRITE, River Falls Event
All ticket sales and other proceeds exceeding minimal costs of the breakfast will be donated to support college scholarships for youth through: UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND (UNCF) www.uncf.org
*2020 Keynote Speaker via Live Stream Broadcast:
The Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr.
82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-2015), Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Eric H. Holder, Jr. was born in New York City and attended public schools there, graduating from Stuyvesant High School, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from Columbia College in 1973 and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1976.
Upon his graduation from law school, Holder joined the Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section, where he investigated and prosecuted corruption involving officials in local, state and federal government. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan appointed Holder to serve as an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where he presided over hundreds of criminal and civil trials during his five years on the bench. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Holder to serve as the United States attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Holder to serve as Deputy Attorney General of the United States, a position that he held until the end of the Clinton Administration. He was the first African-American to serve as Deputy Attorney General and United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. At the request of President George W. Bush, Holder served as Acting Attorney General in 2001 pending the confirmation of Attorney General John Ashcroft.
In July 2001, Holder joined the Washington, D.C., law firm of Covington & Burling as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group, where he represented clients in complex civil and criminal cases as well as internal corporate investigations.
President Barack Obama nominated Holder to be Attorney General and the United States Senate confirmed his nomination on February 2, 2009. Holder began his service as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States the following day. He was the first African- American to serve in that position. He remained in office until April 27, 2015, becoming the third-longest-serving Attorney General in the nation’s history.
While Attorney General, Holder oversaw the government’s efforts to address many critically important issues arising at the intersection of law and public policy, including national security investigations and prosecutions; landmark antitrust, environmental, fraud and tax cases; the defense of voting rights and marriage equality; and reform of the federal criminal justice system. In 2014, TIME magazine named Holder to its list of “100 Most Influential People,” stating that he “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.”
Holder has received numerous awards and honorary degrees in recognition of his professional and civic contributions, including the NAACP “Chairman’s Award,” the Department of Justice’s “John F. Keeney Award,” the District of Columbia Bar Association’s “Beatrice Rosenberg Award,” George Washington University’s “Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal for Outstanding Service in Human Rights,” and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ “Robert F. Kennedy Justice Prize.” The District of Columbia Bar Association has recognized Holder as its “Lawyer of the Year,” and in 2008, the Legal Times named him as one of the “Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Past 30 Years". Most recently he was awarded the 2016 "Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Lifetime Achievement Award."
Please join us in serving others on January 20th!