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WSU’s 2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Features New Interactive Format
Featured guest, Olympian Allyson Felix, answers questions from student attendees at the conclusion of her fire side chat with Kimberly Gill, co-anchor of WDIV Local 4 News
By Victor Green
On Friday, January 13, 2017, Wayne State University hosted its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. This year, for first time, the event boasted a fire side chat between featured guest, Olympian Allyson Felix, and moderator Kimberly Gill, co-anchor of WDIV Local 4 News.
Felix has amassed an incredible 13 global titles, ten United States Championships, nine Olympic Medals, and a World Record. Her accomplishments solidify her as one of the greatest female athletes in the world and she has garnered attention from the top media publications including Vogue, Glamour, Essence, Self, O Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Elle.
Kimberly Gill can be seen weekdays on “Local 4 News” at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. She is originally from the South - but she already feels like she’s been adopted by Detroit. Gill has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work in broadcasting. Before the two-time Emmy winner got her start in television, she worked two jobs to put herself through college including driving an 18 wheeler truck for FedEx and as an airplane fueler.
pon the conclusion of the interview, students from a number of local schools had the opportunity to ask Felix questions from the stage. The program also included performances by the Achievers Ladies Ensemble of Detroit School of Arts Choir, Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Show Choir, and InsideOut Literary Arts Project’s Citywide Poets.
The Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Community Leadership Awards were presented to both an individual and an organization whose contributions affect our community in a positive way. The 2017 organization award was presented to the Covenant House and the individual awardee was Cindy Eggleston, founder of Brilliant Detroit.
Students attending the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute arrive at the Max M. Fisher Music Center
Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Show Choir performs in front of over one thousand attendees at WSU’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute