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Celebrate the life, legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Join the Johnson County community in celebrating The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 7

MLK 50th Anniversary

Commemorating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

One Man * One Dream * One Hope * One Theme

3-5 p.m. at Johnson County Community College Carlson Center Yardley Hall

Keynote speaker: Ryan M. Jones, historian, National Civil Rights Museum

Special guests and performances including Storling Dance Theatre, William Baker Festival Singers, Galen Gaut and Dr. Cynthia “Mama J” Johnson

Jan. 8 to Feb. 28

Johnson County Museum: Hidden Stories from Johnson County’s African American Community

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, the museum is mounting an interactive multi-media exhibit highlighting Johnson County’s African American neighborhoods, institutions and individuals.

Free admission at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212. To learn more. Visit jocoahc.org or call 913-826-2787.

Jan. 11 & 12

MLK Exhibit

The city of Gardner will provide a MLK exhibit at the Gardner City Hall, 120 E., Main St., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jan. 14

14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner

Social 5:50 p.m.  Dinner 6 p.m.  Program 7 p.m.

Marriott Kansas City Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Ave.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Committee along with the NAACP, representing Olathe, Overland Park and Leawood, Kansas, announces its 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards. This is the largest MLK celebration in Johnson County, Kansas.

Jan. 14

A View from the Mountaintop: 18th Annual Olathe MLK Celebration

3-5 p.m. at Bell Cultural Arts Center, Mid-America Nazarene University 2030 E. College Way, Olathe

Mid-America Nazarene University and Olathe School District join the city of Olathe in this joint celebration. The district has a MLK student art competition and celebrates with the city at their MLK Celebration.

Keynote speaker: Johnson County Tenth District Court Judge Rhonda K. Mason

Entertainment: Lester Estelle, Leigh’s School of Dance and the Prairie Trail Middle School choir

Awards: Olathe Middle School, and High School MLK Essay, Visual and Multi-Media Contest winners

Jan. 15

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Olathe Downtown Library

Free to the public who are encouraged to drop in and work on service projects for local nonprofits.

For more details about these events and additional events at Johnson County Library, be sure to visit Web Extras.