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Malik K. Yoba—educator, actor, humanitarian—to headline NEA’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance

WASHINGTON - January 16, 2014 -

Educator, actor and humanitarian Malik K. Yoba will headline NEA’s 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance. As part of the day’s events Mr. Yoba will join NEA President Dennis Van Roekel in reading to 4th and 5th grades students from Samuel P. Massie Academy in Prince George’s County, Md.

Actor Malik Yoba, whose work can be seen on television, film and theater, is best known for the roles he played in the Disney Movie Classic “Cool Runnings” and the hit Fox Television series “New York Undercover.” He has appeared on 11 television network and cable shows.

As an educator, Malik Yoba has taught at Rikers Island High School, The Spafford Detention Center in New York, The Johannesburg Secondary School in South Africa and schools in Toronto, Canada, Jamaica, Ethiopia and Belize, Central America.

His role as a Humanitarian and Advocate for Youth, has been recognized by President Bill Clinton, UNICEF, Hale House, the Ethiopian Children’s Fund, McDonald’s Black Achievers, The Congress of the United States, The Mayor of New York City, The New York Police Department, The Urban League, The Conference of Black Mayors, The Congressional Black Caucus, Community, and Civic, faith-based organizations and business leaders throughout the United States.

About NEA’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Observance
NEA has a rich and robust history of advocating for social justice, human and civil rights. Annually, NEA staff and leaders commemorate the life and work of Dr. King by volunteering in projects with organizations in the Washington metropolitan area that share Dr. King’s dream and NEA’s commitment to social justice.

 WHAT: NEA’s 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance
 WHO: Malik Yoba, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and 4th grade students
 WHEN: Tuesday, January 21, 9–11 a.m. EST
 WHERE: NEA Headquarters, 1201 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
 PHOTO OP: Actor Malik Yoba and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel read to 4th and 5th grades students from Washington metropolitan area

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