Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will participate in the State of Iowa celebration honoring the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2017. The annual event is hosted by the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Office on the Status of African-Americans and begins at 10:45 a.m. at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive in Des Moines.
City of Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission Director, Joshua V. Barr, will offer the keynote speech. A youth dance theater from Waterloo will perform and winning students of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Call 2 Serve Contest will receive awards. Alfreda Emery of Des Moines and Police Chief Mark Prosser of Storm Lake will be recognized for individual achievement.
The event is free and open to the public.