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 18, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple, Independence, MO.

This year’s theme is “It Began with a Dream.” The Keynote Speaker for the event will be former Kansas City Royal and Golden Glove winner Frank White, Jr. He is currently the first base coach of the Kansas City T-Bones and was elected to the Jackson County Legislature in 2014.

The 2016 celebration will mark the 29th 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, “It Began with a Dream.” Essays must be typed and submitted by Monday, January 4, 2016 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 18, 2016.

Eighth grade students who attend school in the Independence School District will also be taking part in an essay contest at their schools as part of the event to honor Dr. King. The winner of this contest will receive a family pass for Adventure Oasis Water Park and $50.