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Join the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Office on the Status of African-Americans at its 29th 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 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. For more information or special needs, please contact: Iowa Department of Human Rights, Office on the Status of African-Americans at (515) 281-3274 or (800) 351-4659 by Friday, January 12, 2018.

The Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans meets:

March 9, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Grand View University
2811 East 14th Street
Student Center, Principal Group - Conference room A
Des Moines, Iowa 50316
The meeting is open to the public. If you need special accomodations, contact the office at 800-351-4659 or 515-281-3274 by March 8, 2018. 

Nominate Iowans Committed to Equality and Service - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards

The Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Commission on the Status of African Americans is seeking nominations for two awards which honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Commission will present Achievement Awards and Service Project Awards at the 29th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 15, 2018. Iowans are encouraged to nominate deserving individuals in the following categories:

1. MLK Achievement Form Nomination :  Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to Dr. King’s vision, helping others, cultural awareness, diversity, active community participation and promoting racial equality of all people in Iowa.

2. MLK Service Project Nomination :  Recognizes individuals and/or organizations who are or have participated in a service project that has strengthened their Iowa community, such as mentoring, reading to children at community centers or shelters, restoring schools, building playgrounds, and organizing neighborhood watches, etc.

Nomination forms must be postmarked by December 3, 2017. 
Anyone with questions may contact the SAA Office at 515-281-3274 or 800-351-4659

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Call to Serve Contest 
Students First through Eighth Grade

The Iowa Department of Human Rights and the State of Iowa MLK Day Planning Committee are hosting the 8th annual statewide MLK Call 2 Serve contest to promote the 2018 Martin Luther King Day of Service.  We would love to have your students involved!  Please refer to the attached documents for an exciting opportunity for first through eighth grade levels in your school district. Prizes will be awarded at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 15, 2018.  

Letter to school district Superintendents
Contest brochure
Contest Cover Sheet

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