City of Independence, Missouri

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., event goes virtual

The City of Independence Martin Luther King, Jr., Coalition invites you to join them on Monday, Jan. 18, for a virtual celebration honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The event will go live to the public at 7 PM on Monday, Jan. 18, on the City’s Facebook Page, Youtube Channel and City 7 (Comcast/Xfinity Channel 7).

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As part of this annual ceremony, there are also three awards presented, including the Human Relations Award which this year is presented to Bruce Bailey.

“Bruce Bailey was chosen as the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Human Relations Award recipient because of his unwavering dedication to our families and community,” Human Relation Commission Co-Chair Nina Falls said. “His social worker career has spanned 42 years., all while volunteering on boards, Independence youth-court, facilitating family crisis support groups through CAPA and many, many more organizations that up-lift our children and citizens.”

He currently is the vice-president of Income Supports with Community Service League.

The City of Independence's theme of our Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration for 2021 is 'You Must be Bold, Brave and Courageous and Find a Way to Get in the Way."

A committee invites Seniors and 8th grade students to submit essays for a scholarship and gift card. The essays chosen for this year were written by Onopene Olamaleva for the senior $500 scholarship and Talalupelele Tali for the 8th grade $100 gift card recipient. Both of these young ladies did an excellent job in capturing their modern take on the theme and will be read during the virtual presentation.