2024 Celebration

January 30, 2024

A Keynote Address by Xernona Clayton

Xernona Clayton portrait

You are invited to attend the MLK Commemoration Celebration on Tuesday, January 30. This year’s program will feature a keynote address from Xernona Clayton and the awarding of the annual Chancellor’s “Fulfilling the Dream” Award. 

Xernona Clayton has led civic projects and civil rights activities for decades, beginning in 1965 when she accepted a position with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and worked closely with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She also coordinated the activities of Atlanta’s Black doctors with the Doctors’ Committee for Implementation, which resulted in the desegregation of all hospital facilities in Atlanta. Her persistent and compassionate fight against prejudice and bigotry was never more apparent than in 1968, when a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan denounced the Klan and credited Xernona’s influence with his change. Professionally, Ms. Clayton was a trailblazer in the media industry, eventually becoming an executive with Turner Broadcasting. She went on to found the Trumpet Foundation an organization that celebrates “the best in African American excellence and achievement.”

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