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Words and Music of Dignity and Respect Will Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Posted 12/10/2013
Posted by David Isgur

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Linda J. Kelly, president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, will deliver the keynote address at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance at the University of Hartford. This event, which is free and open to the public and held in the University’s Lincoln Theater, will feature an inspirational program of music and reflections commemorating the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.

 The 2013 program theme is “Keeping the Dream Alive: Human Dignity and Respect for All,” a topic that is especially relevant in the wake of the recent passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who was also an inspirational icon for freedom and human rights.

The King Day event will feature musical selections by Jordon Levi Nichelson (’15), Nat Reeves (faculty), Mark Templeton and Abraham Burton (’93) of The Hartt School and by the University of Hartford Magnet School Chorus. A trio of students from the University High School of Science and Engineering will perform original spoken word poetry. In addition, student winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest will be recognized.

Families in the greater Hartford community are invited and strongly encouraged to attend this one hour, entertaining and informative program. Following the observance, all attendees are invited to spend more time on campus and attend a special daytime Hartford Hawks men’s basketball game at 1 p.m. at the University’s Sports Center. (Special family-friendly ticket packages are available by calling 860.768.4295.)

Linda J. Kelly is the president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for Connecticut’s Capital Region which encompasses 29 towns in Greater Hartford. As one of the oldest and largest of the 700 community foundations in the country, the Hartford Foundation has about $811 million in endowment assets and handed out grants totaling more than $27 million in 2012. In addition to leading the foundation, Kelly is a board member of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and Corporations, and MetroHartford Alliance, Hartford’s chamber of commerce and the region’s economic development leader.

Prior to coming to the Hartford Foundation in 2005, she served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control and was the state’s deputy banking commissioner. Much of her career has been in the banking industry, where she was senior vice president and general counsel of Shawmut Bank Connecticut. An attorney by profession, Kelly served on the board of directors for the Connecticut Bar Foundation and was past president of the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation. She is also active in her community, serving in various capacities with several nonprofit and civic organizations in Greater Hartford.

A native of North Carolina, Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

For more information, please contact Christine Grant, manager of corporate and community relations for the University, at 860.768.4220 or cgrant@hartford.edu.