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Loyola president receives MLK Jr. Jazz Award

Loyola press release - February 1, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., and six other community members were recognized as exemplifying the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision, receiving the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Jazz Award.

In addition to Wildes, the event recognized Marlin Gusman, Orleans Parish sheriff; Wm. Raymond Manning, president and CEO of Manning Architects; Bill Summers, master percussionist; Jim Singleton, chairman of the Dryades YMCA; Dwight Payne, director of VIP Services for the House of Blues; and Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Jazz Award honors individuals who have contributed to enriching their community, advancing cultural awareness through music and art, and furthering economic opportunity while adhering to the principles of non-violence. Immediately following the awards presentation, the honorees and the public enjoyed a special performance of Tyler’s Revisited, featuring jazz vocalist Germaine Bazzle and pianist Paul Longstreth.

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