Monday January 18, 2016 at 8 AM join us at the Mountainlair Ballroom for our annual Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast. We will be presenting the MLK Scholarship Award. The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually to a West Virginia University undergraduate student who has demonstrated an active interest and meaningful involvement in areas of human rights, civil rights, social justice and/or world peace, or other activities exemplary or reflective of the ideals and life of Dr. King.
Also we will be presenting MLK Achievement Award to the nominee from the state of West Virginia who best exemplifies one who is working to fulfill the commitment of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The awardee must be a resident of West Virginia and must have, or be making a substantial contribution in the advancement of such concerns as: civil rights, human rights, humanitarianism, social action and advocacy, civility, improving the human condition, acting as a change agent for an inclusive and equal society for all people.
Our speaker this year is WVU Alumni Charles Emanuel
Emanuel is the founding partner of The Emanuel Firm in Orlando, FL. A graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law, in Jacksonville, Florida, Mr. Emanuel received his Bachelor of Arts from WVU. He has extensive experience in products liability, catastrophic injury cases, brain damage cases, mass tort litigation, auto accidents, nursing home abuse, contract disputes and defamation litigation. He represents former NFL players against the NFL in the head concussion litigation. He was the first attorney to sue the NFL teams. Charles has been recognized by The National Black Lawyers Top 100 as one of the top 100 black attorneys in America.
Emanuel is a former NFL football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to the NFL, he was a three year starter at strong safety for the West Virginia Mountaineers and was a team captain of the 1996 team. During his collegiate football career, Charles earned a Big East Championship, played in the 1993 Sugar Bowl, 1995 Carquest Bowl and 1996 Gator Bowl. Charles was honored with the Fred Schaus’ Award, as the universities top team captain, Iron Mountaineer Award, the Ideal Mountaineer Award and Ira Rogers Awards for leadership and academics. Charles received the Jackie Robinson/Wilma Rudolph Award and finished in the top 20 WVU career tackles.
He enjoys volunteering his time coaching youth football and serving as a board member for Lake Nona Jr Lions and Lake Nona YMCA. He and his wife financially support several youth sports leagues and local schools in the Orlando area.
Charles is married to West Virginia University graduate Christine Emanuel and they have three boys, Charles III, Carter and Cole. The family resides in Orlando, Florida.
When: January 18, 2016
Where: Mountainlair Ballroom West Virginia University
Time: 8 AM