TOPEKA – Local organizations are holding numerous events to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Celebrate MLK Day at Brown v. Board Site
Everyone is invited to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (1515 SE Monroe St. Topeka, KS). An art exhibition, volunteer fair, Living the Dream student recognition ceremony, and ranger-led activities will provide opportunities to reflect and act upon Dr. King’s message of serving others.
In honor of Dr. King’s call to service, local organizations will be on site from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to talk about opportunities to volunteer in the community. Visitors can also participate in a service project by creating Valentine’s Day cards for senior citizens or designing a button to wear to share how you will honor Dr. King’s call to “do for others.”
A Living the Dream student recognition ceremony for the art, essay, and poetry contest submissions will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The top three winners in each age group will be recognized, and several students will recite their poetry and essays.
There will be an art exhibition of 69 pieces by area artists, including the 18 student winners of the Living the Dream Art Contest. The art will be on display through January 23.
Park rangers will also provide a variety of activities around the park, including discussion about the role of youth in civil rights movements and the presence of Martin Luther King, Jr. in comics.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom to Speak in Manhattan
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom will speak on Martin Luther King Day in Manhattan.
Grissom will be the featured speaker for the Martin Luther Kin Prayer Breakfast. The event starts at 8 a.m. January 19 at the Four Points Sheraton (530 Richards Dr. Manhattan, KS).
“Dr. King helped to bring about our nation’s greatest civil rights legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” Grissom said. “As he always said, we’ve come a long way–and we still have a long way to go.”
Grissom was nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka Gives Back to Veterans on MLK Day
Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka was selected as a grant recipient of the 2015 MLK Day of Service grant from the Kansas Volunteer Commissions. Funds will be used to support a service project provided by Club Members at the Indian Creek location.
Today, club members and staff will read books on Martin Luther King, Jr. and veterans.
Around 1 p.m., club members will deliver decorated care bags to veterans at Colmery O’Neil VA Medical Center.
Volunteers Help Harvesters for MLK Day of Service
Volunteers–including students and youth groups–will spend their day off from work and school serving the community.
They’ll tour the food bank and pack food for kids and seniors. They’ll also play a Jeopardy-style game focusing on Dr. King and civil rights, as well as Harvesters and hunger.
Harvesters serves 26 counties in northeaster Kansas and northwestern Missouri.