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MLK Rosa Parks

The NAACP Salt Lake Branch 38th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Commemoration

Theme: 
It Starts With Me: Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community.

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Reginald Turner

Speaker
Reginald M. Turner Jr.
President, American Bar Association (Virtual)

Reginald Turner is president of the American Bar Association, the world's largest voluntary association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals.

A lawyer with Clark Hill in Detroit, Turner is an accomplished litigator, government affairs advocate, and strategic advisor.

Turner is past president of the National Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. He served as chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the ABA Commission on the Lawyer's Role in Assuring Every Child a Quality Education. In the ABA House of Delegates, he served as the state delegate for Michigan and as chair of the Rules & Calendar Committee, the Committee on Issues of Concern to the Profession, and the Committee on Credentials and Admissions. He is a past chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

Among his numerous presidential, gubernatorial, mayoral, and county executive appointments, Turner served as a White House Fellow and as an aide to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros during the Clinton administration and represented Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer on the Detroit Board of Education from 2000 to 2003. In 2003, Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed him to the Michigan State Board of Education, and he won a statewide election for a full term in 2006.

Turner earned his bachelor’s degree at Wayne State University and a law degree at the University of Michigan Law School.


S. Floyd MoriS. Floyd Mori

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award Recipient
S. Floyd Mori

S. Floyd Mori was born on a farm in Murray, Utah. His family moved to Sandy at the beginning of World War II to allow relatives who evacuated from California to move to the Murray farm. Floyd graduated from Jordan High School, where he had the honor of being named All-State in baseball.

After graduation from high school, he served for six months on active duty at Fort Ord, California, with the United States Army Reserves. Floyd entered college at the University of Southern California (USC). He served a two-year mission to Hawaii for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He then attended Brigham Young University (BYU) and received a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Economics and Political Science. He taught at Chabot College in Hayward, California, for ten years.

He was elected City Councilman of the City of Pleasanton, California, and later served as Mayor. He was elected to the California State Assembly and served for six years in that capacity. He served as the Director of the Office of International Trade for the State of California. He has worked as an International Business Consultant and has owned a golf business.

Floyd served as National President and as Vice President on the Board for the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). He joined the JACL staff in 2005 and was Director of Public Policy in Washington, D.C, followed by the assignment to become the National Executive Director/CEO of the JACL. He was later the President/CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). He is a life member of the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) and the JACL. He served with the National Veterans Network (NVN) and served on the Board of Governors for the Japanese American National Museum.

Floyd Mori is one of the country's leading advocates for the advancement of the Japanese American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities, along with other minorities. In 2012, Mori received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette Award from the Government of Japan in recognition of his contributions to the "improvement of the status of Japanese Americans, strengthening of economic relations between Japan and the United States, and the promotion of Japanese culture in the United States.

Floyd has spoken many times about the Japanese American experience and has published a book entitled, The Japanese American Story as Told Through a Collection of Speeches and Articles, plus other books.

He has worked closely with the NAACP and the ACLU over many years.


Jenny Wilson

The Rosa Parks Award Recipient
Jenny Wilson

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson serves a constituency of over one million residents, and she has spent much of her time in office addressing the health, community, and economic impacts of COVID in Salt Lake County. Salt Lake County’s response has been one of the most effective in the state. Additionally, Mayor Wilson has prioritized criminal justice reform, growth management, environmental concerns and has fought for justice and equality for all.

Prior to her election in 2019, Mayor Wilson served as a Salt Lake County Council Member for ten years and was the first woman elected to the Council. There she championed numerous policy initiatives, including ethics and campaign reform, criminal justice reform, open space preservation, and government efficiency. Among her accomplishments are co-chairing the creation of the Jordan River Commission and the Salt Lake County Opioid Taskforce.

Mayor Wilson has broad experience working in government and the private and non-profit sectors. She has held positions in administration, fundraising, government relations, and project management for the Sundance organization, Voices for Utah Children, the University of Utah's Moran Eye Center, and the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games. She is also proud to have served as Communications Director and Chief of Staff to Congressman Bill Orton in Washington DC from 1992-1996.

She is a 5th generation Utahn, born and raised in Salt Lake City. Mayor Wilson graduated from East High School and the University of Utah and received a master's degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is married to Trell Rohovit, and they have two sons.


First Responders Awards Will Be Presented During The Program.
This award is to recognize and honor First Responders in the work that they do to protect and serve our communities daily.

NAACP Scholarship Donors
NAACP Scholarships: Ben and Liliana Dilts, CR England, Gordon, and Connie Hanks, Hires Big H, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, Nu Skin Enterprises, Shawn and Tory Newell Family, and Smith's Food and Drug. These scholarships will be presented to Utah High School and College Students.


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