City of Independence, Missouri

Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration

The City of Independence will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day at 7:00 PM on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence, MO.

The theme for this year’s celebration is Empower the Individual, Strengthen the Community, Honor the Man. The keynote speaker at the event will be best -selling author and lecturer, Rev. Dr. Tex Sample. A recipient of the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ form Boston University, and former faculty at the Saint Paul School of Theology, Rev. Sample resides in the Kansas City area.

High School seniors living in Independence are also invited to submit an essay for this year’s John Olivarez Scholarship. The essay should be on this year’s featured topic, Empower the Individual, Strengthen the Community, Honor the Man, and be no more than 500 words. The winner of the $300 scholarship can use the award towards college or vocational school after graduating. Essays must be submitted by Wednesday, January 4, 2017 to: Independence Human Relations Commission, c/o Marissa Willis, 111 E. Maple Ave., Independence, MO 64050. All essays must be typed.

The winner of the scholarship will be recognized at the celebration.