Benjamin Chavis, Jr. a longtime civil rights activist and president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, will be the keynote speaker at Topeka’s Living the Dream, Inc.’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and Awards Banquet.

Always one to challenge the status quo, Chavis catapulted onto the nation scene in the early 1970’s as the leader of the Wilmington Ten, a group of wrongly convicted activists who were recently pardoned by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue. He was a former president of the NAACP (1993-1994) and in 1995 serves as director and chief organizer of the Million Man March. He is also president, CEO and Co-Founder with Russell Simmons of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), the world’s largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives.

The National Newspaper Association is an organization which represents approximately 200 African American newspapers in the United States.

In Topeka, Chavis will be the keynote speaker at the King Scholarship and Award Banquet on Sat., Jan. 16 at the Ramada Hotel in downtown Topeka. For additional information and tickets, go online to

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