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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration & Scholarship Contest
December 2, 2013

The City of Independence will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 E. Maple, Independence, MO. The theme of the 2014 event is “His Legacy through Our Eyes.” The Keynote Speaker will be Mrs. Anita Russell, President of the Kansas City Chapter of the NAACP. Special music will be provided by the Metropolitan Community Choir, now in its 25th season under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Johnson.

This will be the 27th annual event, sponsored by the City of Independence, The Community of Concerned Citizens, Local Investment Commission (LINC), the Human Relations Commission, Ministerial Alliance and The Examiner.

In conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, the John Olivarez Scholarship essay contest is open to any high school senior residing in the City of Independence and planning to attend a four-year accredited college, a community college or a vocational school.

To apply for this scholarship opportunity, seniors should write an essay up to 500 words on the featured topic: “His Legacy through Our Eyes.” Essays must be typed and submitted by Friday, December 20, 2013 to: Independence Human Relations Commission, c/o Debra Craig, 111 E. Maple, Independence, MO. 64050. Winning essay writer will receive a $250 scholarship award and will be honored at the celebration on January 20, 2014.

Details of the essay contest can be found on the City of Independence website at

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