Martinez, CA – The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 46th Annual Commemoration Event on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, at 11 am in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1025 Escobar St., in Martinez.
“Fifty-five years have passed since Dr. King was assassinated, and we find ourselves still fighting for equity and inclusion today. We are fortunate to honor a Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year, who bring to life Dr. King’s vision through their service to our community. Together, we will commemorate Dr. King and commit to continuing our work together to address issues of racial injustice and inequality in our communities,” said incoming Board Chair Supervisor Federal Glover.
The theme of the event is “Beloved Community.” The celebration will feature keynote speaker Dr. Adam Clark, who has served as Superintendent of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District since July 2020. Prior to this, he served as superintendent of the Vallejo City Unified School District. Dr. Clark has also held various leadership positions in education, including Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, and principal at all three levels. He earned his doctorate from Saint Mary’s College of California and will share his perspective on Dr. King’s legacy.
The Board will honor Adult Humanitarian of the Year, Willie Mims, and Student Humanitarians of the Year, Vedant Kathrani, Robi, and Noor To-Zul-Ahmad, from Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon. Their passionate leadership, advocacy, and community service have improved the lives of Contra Costa County residents and reflect the spirit of Dr. King’s work and achievements.
The program also includes entertainment from the Pittsburg High School, and performers Doris and Joe Bumpus. The public can also watch the ceremony at http://www.contracosta.ca.gov/6086 or www.contracostatv.org. The celebration will also be broadcast live on Contra Costa Television (CCTV) channels, Comcast Cable 27, ATT/U-Verse 99, and Astound 32 & 1027.
To learn more about the Dr. Martin Luther King Ceremony and past ceremonies, visit www.contracosta.ca.gov/5307.