January 13, 2005
Noted journalist and author Juan Williams will be the featured speaker at this year’s Celebration of Unity Luncheon beginning 11:30 a.m. Friday at the San Marcos Resort in downtown Chandler.
Williams, author and senior correspondent for National Public Radio’s "Morning Edition," will speak about change.
"In the last 50 years, America has gone through so much change," he said. "You think about the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the protest of Vietnam and the coming together after 9/11. You think about Cesar Chavez and the Latin rights movement.
"People have to manage change and make change work for them and their community," Williams said. "How to improve their community. How to manage change so it works for you."
Williams said he will also incorporate Martin Luther King Jr. into his speech and the notion that his ideas are still alive today.
"He lives in all of us," Williams said. "That we see his heart and hands in our own heart and hands."
First-place winners of this year’s Creative Expression Contest will also be recognized at the luncheon, said Joel Munter, chairman of Chandler’s Human Relations Commission and chairman of the Celebration of Unity Events Committee. The two winning videos will be shown and the performing dance group that took first place for the 10th- to 12th-grade age group will perform. In addition, the event will feature music by the Anointed Voices Choir.
Tickets are $25 and are available through the box office at the Chandler Center for the Arts by calling (480) 782-2680.