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Party: Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee

Although the annual dinner of the Anne Arundel County Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee was in its 27th year, this year's $60-$100-a-ticket event — which drew about 700 guests to the La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie — also contained a "first," according to Carl Snowden, event committee founder/chair. This was the first time that the head of the U.S. Naval Academy was featured as the keynote speaker.

"Who would've dreamt that the man [King] who was known as the most outspoken critic of the Vietnam War would be honored by having the superintendent of the United States Naval Academy actually lift him up and acknowledge that he was a prophet in his own day?" said Snowden.

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"When you look at the leaders that we're trying to produce out of the Naval Academy, we're trying to produce people who are of character and consequence," said Vice Admiral Ted Carter, U.S. Naval Academy superintendent. "We may be asked to win wars. But, sometimes it's much more about how to keep the peace. And I think that's what Dr. Martin Luther King was all about. He was teaching about how do we get to mutual dignity and respect."

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