King Center Honors Bill Clinton at the Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner

The Salute to Greatness Award, one of the King Center’s highest honors, is presented during the Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner, to individuals and progressive organizations in recognition of outstanding efforts toward building Dr. King’s Beloved Community. The award recognizes national and/or international individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership and have demonstrated a commitment to the principles and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
The Coretta Scott King  A.N.G.E.L. (Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership) Award is also presented during the Dinner.  The award is given in honor of and in keeping with the spirit of Coretta Scott King. It recognizes a youth or young adult (ages 12-25) and a youth organization/initiative which exemplifies exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice and nonviolent social change.  
Accepting his award from The King Center, referencing recent attacks, former President Bill Clinton spoke of the dangers in “shame-based” cultures, saying “they are a curse on the young.”
“The young need to believe, and they need to believe somebody’s got their back and wants them to live up to their God-given capacity,” he said. “We must stop raising them in shame and raise them in pride.”
2015 Salute to Greatness Awards at Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Wolf Blitzer embraces and welcomes Dr. Bernice King with a kiss.

Dr. Bernice King addresses the audience.

Former President Bill Clinton is welcomed by former UN Ambassador Andrew Young and Dr. Bernice King.

Former President Bill Clinton admires the award as Dr. Bernice King and former UN Ambassador Andrew Young present it.

Former President Bill Clinton graciously thanks the King Center and the presenters for the award.

Former President Bill Clinton spoke of a modern “beloved community” — King’s vision for a world
 achieved through peaceful nonviolence — to inspire youth and curb global acts of terror. 

Dr. Bernice King presents award to Kaiser Permanente's Bernard J. Tyson
  with Laura Turner-Seydel and Rutherford Seydel.

Kin Center intern Demetrius Myatt introduces Aidan Hornaday.

Dr. Bernice King embraces Aidan Hornaday as she presents his award.

Aidan Hornaday has only just begun to do great things.

Tangelo Park Program developer Harris Rosen is presented his award by Dr. Bernice King
 and King Center intern Kennedy Mack. 

Steve Klein, Director of Communications at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change  chats with an attendee.
For more information about the King Center and the Salute to Greatness Awards, visit


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