Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa

Celebrating Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Last week, I had the honor of being invited by my dear friend Cherylyn Harley Le Bon to CORE’s  Ambassadorial Reception and Awards Dinner on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

It also marked the twenty-fifth observance of the Federal legal holiday honoring Dr. King. The act set aside the third Monday of January as a time for Americans to reflect on the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change espoused by Dr. King.

His famous speech in which Dr. King uttered the immortal words, “I have a dream” can be heard here. Take the time to listen.  It’s less than 18 minutes long and helped shape a nation. Why?

I’ll answer that with words that inspired me from PJ McClure, “Take the time to listen and let your mind go to something you believe in so passionately that you’d stare in the face of hate and still be willing to show it love.”


CORE 001P.S. With the law of attraction working its magic, I personally met my favorite Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, the National Chairman of CORE, Roy Innis, the National Spokesperson for CORE, Niger Innis (who has one of the most robust laughs I’ve ever heard), the Senior Vice President of Rubenstein Associates, Robin Verges (who has one of the warmest smiles), the Executive Director of the League of American Voters, Bob Adams with his delightful wife Alison, and sitting beside me a new, “old” friend Sascha Burns, a rising media pundit.

I have included a picture of Congresswoman Maloney and I here, and everyone’s picture on my Facebook page.  Your thoughts?

“Enjoy Healthy!”
Michele Risa
Beyond Body Mind Spirit NYC

One Response to Celebrating Martin Luther King’s Birthday

  • Thanks for sharing your experience at the CORE awards dinner which marked the twenty-fifth observance of the Federal legal holiday honoring Dr. King. It must have been a wonderful event. I was in DC for the March on Washington when King made his famous speech – it was incredible to have been there and experience his passion and his words which literally lifted everyone out of their seats at the end. You had to stand up because it was like an electric force that lifted you up – King’s passion and determination was other worldly. I feel very lucky to have been there.

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