MLK Day Celebration
Sunday, January 20, 2019 will mark Clinton’s 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. As in years past, the community-based Clinton MLK committee has been working diligently to build on previous celebrations and plan an event that will inspire, educate, promote peace and justice, and help the community come together to reflect upon the life and work of Dr. King.
This year’s Celebration will be held on Sunday, January 20that Clinton Community College. The event will feature a Soul food meal from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. followed by the Program beginning at 2:45 p.m. Dr. John Bonte, a long time member of the MLK, Jr. committee, will be the Master of Ceremonies. The Bethel AME Free in Jesus Praise and Dance teams will be performing. The Dance team’s performance has been choreographed by Nkemdilim Busker.
Another feature of the Celebration will be the presentation of the 17th annual MLK Peace and Justice Award. This year’s award will go to Dick Kissack. In Clinton Community College President Dr. Karen Vicker’s letter of support, she wrote, “Dick has been a resident of Clinton for many years. But, he has not just lived here, he has provided service as an educator, volunteer, and community supporter. He has devoted his time and energy to make sure our community is a strong one.”
Dick is a kind and caring man, a person who believes education is a means to a better life, and a community member who gives back to many in so many ways. A member of the Clinton Community College Paul B. Sharar Foundation Board since 1999, Dick served as president of the organization which provides advisory and monetary support for the students and programs of Clinton Community College.
Dick Kissack will join the ranks of past Peace and Justice Award recipients such as Mardell Mommsen Flippen, the Sisters of Saint Francis, Vinson Jetter, LaMetta Wynn, YWCA Clinton, Maudi Walton, Tiffany Harris, former Clinton Chief of Police Brian Guy, Art Ollie and, last year’s recipients, Lori Freudenberg and Dr. William Woods.
Following the Program there will be an indoor re-enactment of a Civil Rights March that all ages are invited to attend. The MLK committee encourages people to join the March not in protest, but in solidarity and in recognition of social justice issues still facing our society. All are invited to stay and enjoy conversation and coffee after the March.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration event is free and open to the community. Canned goods donations are requested in honor of the MLK Day of Service and will be distributed to local food pantries. This Celebration has been planned and/or sponsored by: Clinton Community College, YWCA Clinton, Sisters of Saint Francis, Iowa Chapter MFSA, MLK Celebration Committee and made possible by contributions from local businesses, community organizations and individuals.