U2 frontman Bono will be recognized early next year for his humanitarian work. The star will be honored at the 2004 King Center "Salute To Greatness" awards dinner in Atlanta, which will be hosted by the family of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 17, 2004. Coretta Scott King, founder of the King Center said, "We are fortunate this year to honour Bono for exemplifying many of the qualities that my husband, Martin, indicated were imperative to moving our society into the beloved community of which he so often spoke. He has focused mass public attention on the world's poorest continent and lobbied politicians around the globe to take action."
In addition to a number of humanitarian causes Bono continuously rallies behind, the singer recently appeared at an AIDS awareness concert in South Africa organized by Nelson Mandela.