The Rev. Liz Walker, former Boston news anchor and pastor of the Roxbury Community Church, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
The 28th Annual Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at UMass Medical School on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The keynote will be delivered by the Rev. Liz Walker, pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church and the first black woman to co-anchor a newscast in Boston. All members of the UMMS and UMass Memorial community are invited to attend.
Walker’s work as a minister is the latest chapter in a career that includes 11 years of humanitarian work in one of Africa’s most troubled countries and 21 years as a television news anchor on WBZ TV. Long actively involved in community service organizations and projects, she helped found the Jane Doe Safety Fund, a multi-million dollar statewide anti-violence initiative.
UMMS employees, faculty and students will also be recognized for service with the announcement of this year’s recipients of the Chancellor’s Awards for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Civility, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Semester of Service Awards for student-initiated community service projects.
“The annual tribute is an opportunity for our community to come together and share the legacy of Dr. King by highlighting the importance of service,” said Deborah Plummer, PhD, vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion. “Our theme incorporates Dr. King’s message that ‘everyone can be great . . . because anyone can serve.’ It is a time for us to recognize the many, many hours of community and global health services that are provided annually by members of the academic medical community to the Worcester community and around the world.”
RSVP or email DIO@umassmed.edu to register for the event, taking place on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room on the University campus, with lunch available at 11:30 a.m.