Realizing the Dream: Nashville honors Dr. King
New Hope Foundation hosts Martin Luther King III

(l-r) Martin Luther King III, Dick Gregory and Carol Criswell-Jenkins

(l-r) Martin Luther King III, Dick Gregory and Carol Criswell-Jenkins

Martin Luther King III is coming to Nashville for a series of events with the New Hope Foundation. MLK III will be joined by legendary activist comedian Dick Gregory and The New Hope Foundation President and Chairperson, Carol Criswell-Jenkins for events including a celebration and tribute to the MLK Holiday, a Meet & Greet Event, an interfaith celebration, a children’s book reading, and more.

“I am excited to spend my first MLK Day in Nashville, a city with such a rich legacy; that has made tremendous contributions to our nation. I am especially proud to share this day with longtime friend Dick Gregory who has always and continues to demonstrate his commitment to equality for all,” King says.

King will deliver the Keynote Address in the Grand Ballroom of Nashville’s Music City Center on Monday, January 18, 2016, under the theme “Realizing the Dream.” The program, which begins at 2:00 p.m., will feature a welcome by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, music by the Jimmy Church Band, remarks by US Congressman Jim Cooper, and closing remarks by Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton, hosted by SiriusXM radio’s Mark Thompson. General Admission is $35 and Reserved Seating is $50.

For those who wish to speak directly with and take photos with King and/or Gregory, $75 will get you Reserved Seating at the Music City Center event and an exclusive Meet & Greet afterwards from 5-7 pm at Carol Ann’s Home Cooking Café, 407 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, including a special Southern home-cooked meal.

“Working with the New Hope Foundation and Carol to continue to realize my father’s dream will hopefully make Nashville’s MLK celebration a model and inspiration for the nation for the years to come,” King added. King continues to underscore and further his father’s work, focused on addressing and eradicating what Dr. King referred to as the Triple Evils: Poverty, Racism and Militarism/ Violence, and asking the urgent question of “What are we personally and collectively doing to realize his father’s dream?”

Global human rights activist Martin Luther King III is the eldest son of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. An international humanitarian and charismatic leader, he continues to realize and further Dr. King’s dream, committed to the issues most vital to his rich legacy and heritage: the equality of all men.

Dick Gregory became well known for his biting brand of comedy that attacked racial prejudice. In the early 1970s Gregory abandoned comedy to focus on political interests, widening from race relations to include violence, world hunger, capital punishment, drug abuse and poor health care.

Carol Criswell Jenkins is an entrepreneur who entered the healthcare arena by opening a hospice 16 years ago, forming a foundation which gives supportive assistance to people with terminal illness.

She is making footsteps for other aspiring entrepreneurs to follow where they can also live the American dream.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and Carol Ann’s Home Cooking Café 615-259-2551.