Author/Political Commentator Donna Brazile Keynotes 42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Program

Donna Brazile, center, the keynote speaker at 42nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Program. Welcoming her were North Shore-LIJ CEO Michael Dowling, right, and Robert McGhee, who organized the first MLK service in 1970.
MANHASSET, NY -- For the 42nd consecutive year, employees from throughout the North Shore-LIJ Health System gathered last Friday to honor the teachings and visions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. The ceremony, held at North Shore University Hospital’s Rust Auditorium, was telecast to 17 other North Shore-LIJ facilities across the New York metropolitan area.
This year’s keynote speaker was noted veteran Democratic political strategist/author/political commentator Donna Brazile, who has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore. Author of the best-selling memoir “Cooking With Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics,” Ms. Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for United Media, a columnist for Ms. Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine; an on-air contributor to CNN and ABC.
During her stirring keynote presentation, Ms. Brazile remembered the vital work done by Dr. King in the area of voter registration while noting that much still needs to be done for the millions of disenfranchised Americans who will be unable to vote in the upcoming election.
Urging her captivated audience to become involved in the political process, Ms. Brazile noted that, “Dr. King wanted us to take the first step. Even if we couldn’t see the whole staircase…just take the first step.”
In addition to Ms. Brazile’s keynote address, the audience was treated to an inspirational musical presentation by the Hempstead Select Chorale/Voices of Virtue, an extension of the Hempstead Select Chorale, combining current and post high school students. The recipient of international recognition, the Hempstead Select Chorale has performed in Vienna, Austria and won a global competition in Verona, Italy. Ini Voices of Virtue joined the Chorale to participate in another competition in Prague, Czech Republic, where they were the only American choir to compete and proudly brought home the highest score.

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