This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Lee’s Summit will be part of a historic day: it is also the day for swearing in of President Barack Obama for a second term.
Lee’s Summit’s free program will be 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 21 at the John Knox Village Pavilion.
A lot of the program will be presented by students from Lee’s Summit’s schools, said the event’s chair Debra Bronston, a member of the Lee’s Summit Human Relations Commission. “Each high school has a role to play,” she said.
The celebration has been a Lee’s Summit tradition for more than 14 years and is usually attended by 500 or more people, said Melissa Bedford Fears, public communications coordinator for the city.
The program will include:
• cultural displays from different organizations and ethnic backgrounds
• a recitation of King’s “I have a Dream” speech by the Kiddie Kollege Primary School
• short talks by Lee’s Summit leaders on the theme “The time is always right to do what is right,” a quote from a 1964 speech by King.
The commission is also beginning a partnering with the Mayor’s Character Council will present a short video.
“This is one of the largest initiatives of the Human Relations Commission,” Bronston said. “The key is: the event is inclusive of all Lee’s Summit. Lee’s Summit is a great place to live, but it can be even better if all groups feel included.”