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A Houston dinner that honors Martin Luther King Jr. raises more than $1 million

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1 Martin Luther King III, from left, Luci Baines Johnson, Lexi Klein and John Lewis at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
Martin Luther King III, from left, Luci Baines Johnson, Lexi Klein and U.S. Rep. John Lewis. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
8 Jeanne Samuels and Al Green at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
Jeanne Samuels and U.S. Rep. Al Green. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
14 Sue and Lester Smith at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
Sue and Lester Smith. Photo by © Wilson Parish
10 Heidi Gerger, left, and Ria Gerger at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
Heidi Gerger, left, and Ria Gerger. Photo by © Wilson Parish
12 Lauren Daily and David Hassid at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
Lauren Daily and David Hassid. Photo by © Wilson Parish
11 Jennifer Huber, left,  and Trish Morilleat the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
Jennifer Huber, left, and Trish Morilleat. Photo by © Wilson Parish
13 Lorraine and Ed Wulfe at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
Lorraine and Ed Wulfe. Photo by © Wilson Parish
9 Charlotte and Peter Berkowitz at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
Charlotte and Peter Berkowitz. Photo by © Wilson Parish
7 Mayor Annise Parker, left, and Helen Colin at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
Mayor Annise Parker, left, and Helen Colin. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
2 Crystal Ashby, from left, Susan Bischoff and Barbara Glass at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
Crystal Ashby, from left, Susan Bischoff and Barbara Glass. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
4 Al Green, from left Martin Luther King III, John Lewis and Khambrel Marshall at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
U.S. Rep. Al Green, from left, Martin Luther King III, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Khambrel Marshall. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
6 Members of the Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
Members of the Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
1 Martin Luther King III, from left, Luci Baines Johnson, Lexi Klein and John Lewis at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
8 Jeanne Samuels and Al Green at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
14 Sue and Lester Smith at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
10 Heidi Gerger, left, and Ria Gerger at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
12 Lauren Daily and David Hassid at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
11 Jennifer Huber, left,  and Trish Morilleat the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
13 Lorraine and Ed Wulfe at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
9 Charlotte and Peter Berkowitz at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
7 Mayor Annise Parker, left, and Helen Colin at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
2 Crystal Ashby, from left, Susan Bischoff and Barbara Glass at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
4 Al Green, from left Martin Luther King III, John Lewis and Khambrel Marshall at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014
6 Members of the Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir at the Holocaust Museum Moral Courage Award dinner June 2014

"One people, one community, one world." Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia) captured the underlying theme of the Holocaust Museum Houston's annual Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner with those six words, delivered with pastor-like fervor before the gathering of close to 900 at the Hilton Americas-Houston.

The evening that honored the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. and Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein raised close to $1.1 million. The link was made between these two champions of the human spirit, two whose legacies have offered a dream of hope and humanity for those following both the Holocaust and the American civil rights movement. As keynote speaker for the dinner, Lewis noted that King was “one of the most courageous persons the civil rights movement ever produced."

Luci Baines Johnson presented the honors, first to Klein's granddaughter, Lexi Klein, and then to Martin Luther King III. 

A heavy-hitter contingent signed on to lead the evening which was chaired by Crystal Ashby, the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, J. Kent Friedman, Regina Rogers, David Solomon and Shawn Taylor. Honorary chairs included Stanford Alexander, Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza, State Rep. Al Green, Rabbi Samuel E. Karff, the Rev. Bill Lawson, Arthur Schechter and Fred Zeidman.

The program, emceed by Shara Fryer, included remarks from museum president Mark Mucasey.

Among museum supporters were Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard, Judge Mike Engelhart, Sue and Lester Smith, Heidi Gerger, Peter Berkowitz, Judge Robert Schaffer, Trish Morille and Israeli Consul General Meir Shlomo.

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