The 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast takes places on Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 a.m. in MCC’s Collegiate Hall and features a keynote speech by Frank Dawson, co-producer/director of the award-winning film “Agents of Change” about black student protests during the 1960s that are still relevant today.
The event celebrates the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and seeks to build understanding in the community. Tickets for the general public are on sale for $25 each and are available at the MCC Bookstore on the main campus. Reserved tables of eight can be purchased by calling (231) 777-0569.
Following the breakfast at 9:30 a.m., a screening of “Agents of Change” followed by a Q&A with the producer will be held in MCC’s Stevenson Center Room 1100. The event is free and open to the public.
At Santa Monica College in California, Dawson serves as the Interim Dean of Career Education for the Center of Media and Design and formerly chaired the Communication and Media Studies Department. He developed “Promo Pathway,” a year-long media training program designed to increase diversity at the major network and cable television companies in the area of marketing and on-air promotion production. “Promo Pathway” as created in partnership with the industry trade organization PromaxBDA and has been recognized by the Aspen Institute’s “Future Skills for America” initiative as a model for industry/education/community partnerships.
He is also a producer, writer, and founding partner in NuHouse Media Group, a company originally formed to develop and produce television series, movies for television, and cable television features in
Dawson earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree in Television and Radio from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where he has been inducted into the School’s professional gallery of distinguished alumni.
He began his broadcasting career as an on-air radio personality and producer before joining the Advertising and Promotion Department at the CBS television network in Los Angeles. He worked as a writer/producer of network television promotion and marketing before being selected for CBS’s Executive Intern Program. He supervised the development of series scripts and coordinated production of several television series, including, “Private Benjamin,” “Alice,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Cagney and Lacey,” and “Falcon Crest.”
Dawson also served as Director of Comedy Development at Universal Television, where he was involved in the production of “Charles in Charge” and “Domestic Life” on CBS. As Director of Programming, he served as Universal’s production executive on the NBC dramatic series, “Miami Vice,” while also spearheading the creation and launching of the ABC network comedy series, “He’s The Mayor.”
For more information, visit www.muskegoncc.edu/unity or call (231)777-0569.