University President on the Frontline Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March in Atlanta

Selection by Assembly Member Mervyn Dymally honors Kelly’s “leadership, energy, and results-orientation” for expanding health sciences school dedicated to reducing health disparities in underserved communities

Dr. Susan Kelly, President and CEO of Charles Drew University represented South Los Angeles as one of the Honorary Marshals during the 22nd National observance of the birthday of Dr. King.

Dr. Kelly joined Honorary Marshals-- Atlanta's Mayor Shirley Franklin, Subu Ndebele, Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and the President of Morehouse College, Robert M.Franklin, Jr.-- leading a crowd of over 100,000 of Dr. King supporters and fellow activists for peace and justice.

During the 5-day Dr. King celebration, Dr. Kelly gave several speeches, participated in important panels and was presented with two recognitions and awards for her work at CDU. Dr. Kelly was invited to participate in this year's event by Rev. James Orange, Founder & Coordinator of the MLK, Jr. March Committee.