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Coretta Scott King Center Honors Trailblazers at Inaugural Legacy Luncheon April 26

The Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom (CSKC) will honor a distinguished alumna of Antioch College and Miami Valley trailblazers at its inaugural Legacy Luncheon, Wed., Apr. 26 at the Dayton Racquet Club, 40 N. Main St., at 12 noon.

The luncheon commemorates the legacy of Coretta Scott King, an Antioch College alumna, and celebrates the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to advancing social justice and cultural and intellectual freedom.

The Center will present the inaugural national award to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Antioch College ’60), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the District of Columbia. Cong. Norton, now serving her fourteenth term in the House, has steadfastly broken barriers, secured economic development and achieved other economic benefits for the District. She came to Congress as a national figure who had been a civil rights and feminist leader, tenured professor of law, and board member at three Fortune 500 companies.

“Congresswoman Norton is the ideal recipient of our inaugural award because of her unparalleled contributions in public service and civil rights,” said CSKC Executive Director Mila P. Cooper

The Center will also honor two local recipients and one organization for their work in fostering social justice and diversity:

  • Shannon Isom – CEO, YWCA Dayton
  • Cathy Roma – Director, World House Choir, Yellow Springs
  • The 365 Project, Yellow Springs 

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith, writer, author, former pastor, musician and social activist, will be the keynote speaker.  Dr. Smith is the founder and executive director of Crazy Faith Ministries in Columbus, OH, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching the concept of faith as a spiritual force in order to do social justice work.   

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will perform during the luncheon. WKEF-TV anchor/reporter Natasha Williams will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

Coretta Scott King granted Antioch College the use of her name for the Center, which provides education, awareness and advocacy around issues of social justice and diversity.

“The Coretta Scott King Center is a leader in upholding the King legacy, which remains strong and vibrant in the Miami Valley, across the nation and around the world,” said Cooper. “Our work has never been more important, and we are proud to continue Mrs. King’s legacy of social justice and civil rights.”

Tickets are $50 each, tables are $500, and may be purchased at

For additional information, call 937-767-0123 or email