St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The celebration’s theme is “Standing for Truth, Knowledge and Unconditional Love.”
The keynote speaker will be Shawntelle Fisher, STLCC-Florissant Valley alumna and founder/CEO of The SoulFisher Ministries. This organization aims to spread hope and empower youth and convicted felons to be positive, productive and socially responsible members in the community. The reception is from 5-6 p.m. on Florissant Valley’s campus in the Terry M. Fischer Theatre, located at 3400 Pershall Road. The program follows from 6-7 p.m.
Participants will have an opportunity to sign a huge birthday card for Dr. King and see the talents of North County youth on display as current and former STLCC-Florissant Valley students lead the celebratory program. The student speaker is Marc Wallace. The student emcee is Tia Wilks and vocalist is Daniel Allyn. Participants also will hear winning speeches from NCCU’s Oratorical Contest and music from local choirs.
In addition to rousing speakers and choir performances, the Ritenour School District will receive the 2019 Dr. Rance Thomas Excellence in Community Partnership Award.
“Ritenour School District was chosen because of its commitment to its entire community, its special programs focused on serving often underrepresented individuals, and its work in creating a strong partnership with our campus,” said Elizabeth Gassel Perkins, Ed.D., campus provost.
This free event is open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.