The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed Monday, Jan. 15, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day in Johnson County. The proclamation calls upon citizens to honor his memory by participating in observances that commemorate his important contributions to the nation and his “vision of peace and goodwill” for the world.
The proclamation was issued Thursday, Jan. 11, by Chairman Ed Eilert during the board’s weekly business session meeting.
Monday’s observance of MLK Day falls on his birthday (he was born Jan. 15, 1929) and on the eve of several community celebrations in commemorating “The Life and Legacy of Dr. King” and the 50th anniversary of his death.
Upcoming activities include:
• A “Hidden Stories from Johnson County’s African American Community” at the Johnson County Museum through Feb. 28 at the Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.
• MLK Exhibit at Gardner City Hall, 120 East Main, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11-12.
• 14th Annual MLK Legacy and Awards Dinner on Jan. 14 at the Overland Park Marriott, 10800 Metcalf Ave. The program starts at 7 p.m.
• 18th Annual Olathe MLK Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Bell Cultural Arts Center at Mid-America Nazarene University, 2030 East College Way.
• MLK Day of Service from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 East Park.
Johnson County offices will be closed Jan. 15 in observance of the federal holiday that encourages all Americans to fulfill Dr. King’s vision of freedom, equality and opportunity for all people.