The Community of Concerned Citizens and the Independence Ministerial Alliance, in partnership with the City of Independence, will recognize Martin Luther King Day with ceremonies at 7 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2012 at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple.
Deputy Superintendent Dred Scott, of the Independence School District, is the keynote speaker. He will speak to this year’s theme, “The Man, The Times, The People.”
Students from the Van Horn Music Department, under the leadership of Music Director Erin Barrier, will showcase their talent with selected music and vocals.
John Olivarez will recognize the winner of the John Olivarez Essay Scholarship for high school seniors. An eighth grade student will be recognized by the Ministerial Alliance for their winning essay.
Missouri Comets defender Leo Gibson will make a guest appearance to unveil his new Foundation: Kick for Christ, benefiting aspiring young athletes in Liberia. He and a few teammates will be available for autographs following the program.
To further complement the evening’s theme, midwestern artist Erlene Flowers will be displaying several of her paintings: a collection of oils, water media, and acrylics.