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Annual King Observance Set, Jan. 12

NIH's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., annual observance will be held on Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Speaking on the theme, "Achieving the Dream, Health Parity in the 21st Century," will be Dr. Rodney Hood, president of the National Medical Association.

The NMA, established in 1895, is a professional and scientific organization representing the interests of more than 20,000 African American physicians and their patients; it is a leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health. On several occasions, NMA has called upon the federal government to institute a national health care initiative because it believes quality health care is a right of all Americans. King also emphasized the need for parity in health care, education and job opportunity.

The Morgan State University Choir will provide a musical tribute in honor of King's memory. Also on display will be a replica and information about the newly designed King memorial that will open on the mall in Washington, D.C., in 2001.

Anyone interested in joining the Martin Luther King planning committee or seeking more information about the program should contact Tor Moore at 496-8980 or Jacque Ballard at 435-3795.


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