The Baltimore Urban League's annual Equal Opportunity Awards Dinner will honor the president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the president of March Funeral Homes tomorrow night at Martin's West.
The keynote speaker for the annual fund-raiser will be Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Urban League spokeswoman B. Denise Hawkins said William C. March, president of March Funeral Homes, will be honored for his contributions to the black community, including a scholarship fund he established at Dunbar High School in the name of his late sister, Thelma March.
Dr. Robert M. Heyssel, Hopkins president, also will be honored for reaching out to the black community surrounding the hospital in East Baltimore and working with black physicians to support programs that brought South Africa's Desmond Tutu, Winnie Mandela and other black leaders to address Hopkins' employees.
Ms. Hawkins said the annual dinner, which dates to 1956, is expected to draw 850 to 900 people. Martin's West is located at 6817 Dogwood Road.
A videotape also will be shown of recent excavation at the Orchard Street Church just west of downtown.
It is believed to have been part of the underground railroad that helped slaves escape from the South before the Civil War.