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Wayne State University Announces Allyson Felix as Keynote Speaker for 2017 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

December 1, 2016

Wayne State University will host its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on Friday, January 13, 2017. This year’s keynote speaker is Allyson Felix, Olympian. 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 the world has seen, and she has garnered attention from the top media publications in the world. Features have included: Vogue, Glamour, Essence, Self, O Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Elle.

Allyson has proven herself a force on the track, but has still made time to graduate with an elementary education degree from the University of Southern California. She also has a heart for her community and serves as an ambassador for Right to Play and Play Works, as well as being a member of The President’s Council on Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition. Felix has recently turned her attention to helping the NFL’s Nnamdi Asomugha provide Los Angeles area teens with tools to prepare themselves for higher education through their ACTS College Summit.

Felix was the fastest high school 200 meter runner in history, has the most World Championship titles in United States history, and has an Olympic and World Record. However, aspects of her career are still in the beginning stages. In 2015 she began to pursue the 400 meters and has already earned a world title and delivered the fastest 400m relay split in World Championship history. It seems the best is yet to come.

Event information:

     * Friday January 13, 2017

     * Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI

     * Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

     * Main program, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

     * Strolling lunch, 11:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Net proceeds from the Tribute support Adopt-A-Classroom. Adopt-A-Classroom is a nationally recognized organization that invites the community into classrooms to increase opportunity for student success by empowering teachers with community partnerships and funds to purchase resources for their classrooms. Since 2008, more than 35 classrooms in the Detroit area have been sponsored thanks to the support of our event sponsors.


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