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Cleveland Clinic Welcomes Keynote Speaker John Legend at 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr Day of Celebration

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson to Receive Lifetime of Service Award

January 17, 2013

Cleveland Clinic employees and community members will join in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center, 9801 Carnegie Ave., in Cleveland.

The keynote speaker will be John Legend, a multi-platinum award-winning singer and composer. Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson will receive Cleveland Clinic’s Lifetime of Service Award – Cleveland Clinic’s highest community honor.

The program begins at 7 a.m. with an ecumenical prayer service in the hotel’s Bank of America Conference Center. Imam Ramez Islambouli, President of the Uqbah Mosque Foundation in Cleveland, will deliver the message.

The Community Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. in the ballroom of the InterContinental. The program includes a keynote address from John Legend and the award presentation to Mayor Jackson. The mayor has received national attention for crafting “Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools,” an innovative child-centered strategy that aims to systematically change how we educate children, and The Healthy Cleveland Initiative, a partnership with Cleveland City Council and four major regional hospital systems (including Cleveland Clinic) to improve the health and wellness of area residents.

Since Mayor Jackson took office, his administration has worked with the public sector to encourage a reported $7 billion in development in the city, including the Medical Mart and Convention Center, Uptown in University Circle, and the Horseshoe Casino. Among his many honors, the mayor was named the 2012 Black Professional of the Year by the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation.

Mayor Jackson is the third recipient of the award, which was established by Cleveland Clinic to honor and thank a serving leader who has exhibited extraordinary strength of spirit and remarkable efforts in their public service. The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. was the first recipient in 2011, and last year author and minister Dr. Marvin A. McMickle was honored.

"During his tenure as Mayor, Frank Jackson has shown his commitment to the city through his outstanding service and leadership, focusing on the health, safety and education of the people of Cleveland,” said Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD.

John Legend has won nine Grammy Awards, two NAACP Image Awards and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. In 2007, Legend launched the “Show Me Campaign,” a nonprofit organization that works to help break the cycle of poverty through education. Globally, the foundation promotes health and wellness and provides clinics with medical supplies. Legend has been recognized several times for his social activism including the BET Humanitarian of the Year Award and the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change.

Cleveland Clinic’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration will also include recognition of hospital employees who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the community.

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