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Department of Human Rights Hosts Annual MLK Celebration
The Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Office on the Status of African-Americans will host its annual celebration honoring the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15, 2018.  Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Gregg will provide welcoming remarks and read the proclamation designating January 15 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the period of January 14–20 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week.

Two people will be recognized for individual achievement:  1) Betty Andrews, president and CEO of Betty Andrews Media, and 2) Rekha Basu, Des Moines Register columnist.  The keynote speech will be delivered by Izaah Knox, Urban Dreams Executive Director.  The entertainment will be provided by Julius Brooks, Des Moines Community Jazz Hall of Fame saxophonist; and Emmett Phillips, poet, Hip Hop artist, and teaching artist. 

What:          Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

When:         Monday, January 15, 2018

Time:          10:45 AM

Where:      Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
                   909 Robert D. Ray Drive
                   Des Moines, IA 50309

The event is free and open to the public.

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