Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission
“A Celebration of our Youth: Promises of the Future”
Lt. Governor Greg Bell and Actor Louis Gossett, Jr. to Speak at Annual Luncheon
**For immediate release**
7 Jan. 2013
Dr. Freddie Cooper, 801.829.2055
Chair, MLK Commission
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission is proud to announce the honorable Lt. Governor Greg Bell as keynote speaker and Academy Award-winning actor Mr. Louis Gossett, Jr. as guest speaker for the 2013 annual Human Rights luncheon.
The luncheon will be held on Jan. 11, 11 a.m., at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, (1355 West 3100 So., West Valley City).
“It is an honor to have two such distinguished men who have in their own right worked hard to realize Dr. King’s dream of peace and equality,” said MLK Commission Chair, Dr. Freddie Cooper.
Greg Bell has served as the Lieutenant Governor of Utah since September 1, 2009. Previously he served as a Senator and in the Leadership of the Utah State Senate. Lt. Governor Bell was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. He graduated from Weber State University and the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He practiced law specializing in real estate development and finance.
Lieutenant Governor Bell is a past mayor and city councilman of Farmington. He has been the chair of Envision Utah, an internationally acclaimed collaborative land use and transportation planning organization.
Mr. Louis Gossett, Jr. attended New York University until the New York Nets drafted him. After a short stint playing basketball, he returned to theatre and cinema. His first important role on Broadway was “A Raisin in the Sun”. He is perhaps best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentlemen, and his Emmy Award-winning role as Fiddler in the 1977 ABC television miniseries Roots.
Mr. Gossett is well known for his foundation, Eracism Foundation Inc., which aims against racism, violence, and ignorance relative to the role and significance of history in positioning individuals and collective communities for the future. “I am dedicating the last quadrant of my life to an all-out conscientious offensive against racism,” Gossett says as his motto.
Those who would like to attend the event can register at http://heritage.utah.gov/news/. A minimum $10 donation (cash or check), plus one non-perishable food item; or six non-perishable food items in lieu of cash, is suggested at the door.