Georgetown University will present the 17th annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to Hawah Kasat, co-founder and executive director of One Common Unity, an organization which breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate communities through the power of arts and education. The award is given by Georgetown University to an international or local individual who exemplifies the spirit of Dr. King. For more information about this year’s awardee, please visit:

Free tickets-up to two per person-will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on January 21. Overflow seating will be available at Millennium Stage North (near Eisenhower Theater) for patrons to view a simulcast of the performance. This performance will be close-captioned and will also be live streamed on the Kennedy Center Facebook and YouTube pages, and on the website at

Audra McDonald has won a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, achievements reflecting the unparalleled breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actor. She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts, from President Barack Obama.