City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The City of Independence will be celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 E. Maple, Independence, MO.

This year’s theme is “Act Like You Care.” The Keynote Speaker for the event will be Rev. Sam Mann. Rev. Mann is a retired pastor following 40 years of service at St. Mark Union Church. He also had the honor of marching with Dr. King many years ago.

The 2015 celebration will mark the 28th year of this event that is co-sponsored by the City of Independence, The Community of Concerned Citizens, Local Investment Commission (LINC), the Human Relations Commission, Ministerial Alliance, and The Examiner.

Along with the celebration, the John Olivarez Scholarship essay contest will once again be held. This 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, students should write an essay up to 500 words on the featured topic, “Act Like You Care.” Essays must be typed and submitted by Friday, December 19, 2014 to: Independence Human Relations Commission, c/o Debra Craig, 111 E. Maple, Independence, MO 64050. The winning essay writer will receive a $300 scholarship award and will be honored at the celebration on January 19, 2015.

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