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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award Breakfast


The 35th Annual

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Human Dignity Award Breakfast

Friday, January 15, 2021

from

6:00 AM to 9:00 AM

at the

Town and Country San Diego
Grand Exhibit Hall
500 Hotel Circle N.


 
Join us as we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His words and selfless actions continue to be an inspiration and never-ending call-to-action for tolerance and peace with each new generation.

This event will sell out, so reserve your spot early! For more information on the event, download the 2020 brochure here

Human Dignity Award

The YMCA's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award is annually bestowed upon a person who exemplifies Dr. King's work and character. The inaugural award was given to Rufus DeWitt, the first African-American executive director in our YMCA association who served at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA in the 1960s.

Subsequent honorees continue to embody Dr. King's spirit and humanitarian ideals. All nominees are submitted for recognition by their peers and are chosen by a prestigious committee that includes past recipients.

2020 Human Dignity Award Winner: Dee Sanford 

We are proud to announce this year's Human Dignity Award Winner, Dee Sanford. Sanford has been a pillar in the community for decades. She was raised in Southeastern San Diego, graduating from Lincoln High School and San Diego State University. Her professional journey began in 1976 after graduating college to become the first Black woman in outside sales for Pacific Telephone locally. With a lack of Black female mentors to help her navigate the corporate world, Sanford leaned on her father, James McCann, General Dynamic’s first Black manager in San Diego in the 1960s. This led her to a successful 20-year career in telecommunications before starting her consulting company, Dee Sanford International, in 1994.

Sanford’s savvy for consulting in customer service, sales, business/presentation skills and professional development led her to many opportunities. She became an adjunct professor for several local colleges and universities. Additionally, she saw a need for professional networking organizations for Black business women and men in San Diego. She pioneered and led multiple efforts to fill this gap for more than 14 years. Sanford also created and hosted popular public access TV and radio shows designed to help provide affordable exposure for small businesses and non-profits.

Sanford has proudly served on the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA board for more than 30 years, a family legacy her father started. She has also served as Chair of the MLK breakfast since 1999. Throughout her career she has received numerous recognitions for her contributions to community. As her “last assignment,” Sanford recently retired after 11 years at Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary.

“Dee Sanford has been an amazing force and shining light for not only our Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, but our community at-large,” said Baron Herdelin-Doherty, President & CEO of the YMCA of San Diego County. “To say she exemplifies the work and character of Dr. King is an understatement. We are thrilled to honor her with the 2020 Human Dignity Award.”

Watch the 2020 Human Dignity Award Acceptance Speech. 

 

Youth Poetry and Art Tribute

Dr. King's legendary "I Have a Dream" speech from 1963 is the inspiration for this Youth Poetry and Art Contest, sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Youth from across San Diego County are invited to submit poetry, art, essays, or spoken-word pieces that illustrate the impact the work of Dr. King has had on their lives.

Deadline for submissions to the Youth Poetry and Art Contest is December 4, 2020. Download the entry form here. 

 

MLK Breakfast Timeline

  • 6:00 AM - Registration and Breakfast Begins
  • 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM - Program and Award Presentation

2020 Speaker: Starla Lewis

Starla Lewis is a Professor Emeritus, transformational speaker and life coach who lectures and facilitates trainings on Diversity, Life Mastery and Women’s Empowerment. She is the founder of C.E.L.L. (Celebration of Everlasting Life & Love) consulting. Her 40+ years of research and experience in African American Studies, Oral Communication and Women’s Studies, have enhanced her ability to engage diverse communities. She is the author and illustrator of Sunkisses, a multicultural/ multilingual coloring book for children and adults.  She is the Co-Creator and Facilitator of "Woman’s Worth: Reclaiming Our Divinity & Our Destiny", and Co-Author of “I Am: My Own Self-Validation”. Starla Lewis is a seven-time recipient of the Mesa College Teacher of the Year Award, a 2015 Women’s Hall of Fame honoree, and was recognized by KPBS as a local hero. She has dedicated her life to teaching people love and life skills. Through her work she affirms that all people are: “Brilliant, Powerful, Limitless, Love!”

View the keynote address from 2020 speaker Professor Emeritus and Life Coach, Starla Lewis. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • $10,000 - Dream Sponsorship
    • Two tables with ten seats each (20 total) in the center front row
    • Table signage
    • Logo recognition in event program, banner, and all printed materials
    • Premium full-page, four-color program advertisement
      • Image requirements: 8" wide by 10" height at 300 dpi
  • $5,000 - Freedom Sponsorship
    • Two tables with ten seats each (20 total) in the front row
    • Table signage
    • Logo recognition in event program
    • Full-page, black and white program advertisement
      • Image requirements: 8" wide by 10" height at 300 dpi
  • $2,500 - Equality Sponsorship
    • One table with ten seats total, in the front or center
    • Table signage
    • Logo recognition in event program
    • Half-page, black and white program advertisement
      • Image requirements: 8" wide by 5" height at 300 dpi
  • $1,200 - Inspiration Sponsorship
    • One table with ten seats total, preferred placement
    • Table signage
    • Quarter-page, black and white program advertisement
      • Image requirements: 4" wide by 5" height at 300 dpi
  • $600 - Dignity Sponsorship
    • One table with ten seats total, preferred placement
    • Table signage

Program Advertisement Opportunities

  • $350 - Full-page Black and White Advertisement
    • Image requirements: 8" wide by 10" height at 300 dpi
  • $250 - Half-page Black and White Advertisement
    • Image requirements: 8" wide by 5" height at 300 dpi
  • $150 - Quarter-page Black and White Advertisement
    • Image requirements: 4" wide by 5" height at 300 dpi
  • $75 - Business Card Advertisement
    • Image requirements: 3.5" wide by 2" height at 300 dpi
  • $25 - Patron Text Listing
    • Text only, 200 characters maximum

For advertisement assets, please send high resolution images (minimum of 300 dpi) of any file type as an email attachment to [email protected]. Deadline for artwork submission is December 28, 2020.

Event Registration

Información Personal

Select Level of Sponsorship

Sponsorship includes tickets and seating reservations.

Select Program Advertisement

Program advertisements do not include tickets and/or seating reservations.
Make sure to reserve your seats below as well.

Select Number of Reservations

Please submit seating or table reservations (only) by January 6, 2020.

CANT.Ticket(s) - $45.00 Each (Unreserved Seating)
CANT.Table(s) - $450.00 Each (10 Seats per Table)

If purchasing tables or individual seats, please provide the full name and email address of all attendees in the field above.