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Hamilton Holmes Jr. to give Freedom Breakfast keynote

Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:31pm
Alan Flurry

Hamilton Homes, Jr., whose father was one of the first Black students to desegregate the University of Georgia in 1961, along with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, will present the keynote address for the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast:

Hosted by the University of Georgia in collaboration with Athens-Clarke County and the Clarke County School District, the event, with the theme “The Power of the Dream: Forging a Path Forward,” will be celebrated virtually through a video premiere on Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. on the University of Georgia’s Facebook page. The event is free and open to the public.

Holmes’ career includes work in sales, business development and community relations. In his current role, he connects the firm with clients and commercial project opportunities across the country. Holmes is also president and CEO of the Alfred Tup Holmes Legacy Foundation and a board member of the STARBASE Foundation.

Holmes’ father was one of the first Black students to desegregate the University of Georgia in 1961, along with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, paving the way for Holmes Jr. to earn his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the university in 1990.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast honors the legacy of the late civil rights leader and recognizes individuals dedicated to making a significant contribution to race relations, justice and human rights with the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award.

All year long, we will join the University in celebrating the 6oth anniversary of the desegregation of UGA. The festivities begin appropriately with the annual MLK Jr. Freedom Breakfast, honoring a great American whose example, words and wisdom are more necessary than ever.

Image of Martin Luther King, Jr. via Wikimedia commons.

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