Annual MLK celebration set for Jan. 15

The City of Lee's Summit's Human Relations Commission will host its annual MLK celebration event at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 at The Pavilion at John Knox Village.

The celebration will kick off with a preshow at 5 p.m. where attendees will have an opportunity to visit various booths featuring community resources and enjoy refreshments.

Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads will provide the welcome after the presentation of the flags by the VFW Jack Ray Post 5789 and the performance of the national anthem by Lee’s Summit Police Officer Nathan Cantrell. Pastor Dale Beasley of Pillars of Truth Ministries will also make brief remarks.

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Superintendent Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter will be the evening’s keynote speaker. Dr. Carpenter joined the school district in July 2017 with 21 years’ experience in public education. He has been a presenter at numerous state and national educational conferences on topics such as student achievement, digital equity, racial equity and parent/community involvement.

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Attendees will also enjoy musical performances by the MLK Community Choir, Pleasant Lea Elementary Choir, Lee’s Summit R-7 Faculty Quartet and Lee’s Summit High School Choir.

“This event is an opportunity to bring the City of Lee's Summit together - not based on gender, economic level or race – but for one common good and to respect all people,” says Pastor Dale Beasley, chair of the Celebration Committee. “Dr. King eloquently summed up the goal of our MLK Celebration when he said, ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’ It’s been an honor and privilege to serve on this committee, live in this wonderful city and work with the exceptional group of people who helped put this celebration together.”

For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration contact the City of Lee’s Summit at 816.969.1010.