WARSAW — The Committee to Commemorate Martin Luther King is proud to announce their 30th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Event. The 2018 celebration will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, at the Manahan Orthopedic Capital Center on the Grace College campus. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the program is scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill, Jr., the first African American male to be elected to this position in the history of the State of Indiana.
AG Hill is a native of Elkhart and previously held the position of Elkhart County prosecutor. He was elected State Attorney General on Nov. 8, 2016 with 1,643,689 votes, making him the top vote- getter of any elected official in Indiana history. AG Hill will be sharing about the influence Dr. King has had on his life and offer insight on what it is like to be the first male African American elected to his position.
“We are honored that AG Hill has decided to spend his MLK Day in Warsaw,” stated John Bryan Lowe, III, president of the CCMLK. “We strive to bring dynamic, relevant speakers to our community to honor Dr. King. We know that AG Hill will offer a unique perspective that will be inspirational to many in attendance.”
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Event is free to attend and is intended for people of all ages in Kosciusko County. Children are encouraged to participate if they do not have school. There will be free lunches provided for the first 300 people in attendance. The Warsaw Community Schools choir will perform, and the ROTC will present the colors.
The CCMLK will also announce the winner of the 2018 scholarship award, which goes to a high school student in Kosciusko County who demonstrates extraordinary citizenship, exemplifies the principles taught by Dr. King and intends on pursuing a college degree. Those interested in applying for the scholarship should contact their guidance counselor or visit the CCMLK Facebook page.