January 13, 2012 — The opening speaker for the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Community Celebration on Sunday will be local community leader Holly Edwards. She will take the place of former U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who is unable to attend.
As a service coordinator for the Public Housing Association of Residents, Edwards assesses the needs of public housing residents and helps them gain access to services with the goal of moving them toward financial self-sufficiency. She coordinator also helps elderly and disabled people secure services and maintain their independent lifestyles.
Earlier this month, Edwards completed a three-year term on the Charlottesville City Council. She served as vice mayor for one year.
For a complete list of U.Va.'s extended commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr., which runs through Jan. 31, click here.