Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Event January 18

Join the City of Olathe, along with the Human Relations Commission, Olathe Public Schools, and other community partners in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Awards presentation on Friday, January 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Prairie Trail Middle School, 21600 W. 107th Street.   The celebration includes the announcement of middle and senior high school winners in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate Diversity contest. Contest categories include essay, multi-media, and visual arts.  

The 2013 MLK Celebration theme, “Silence is an Injustice”, is derived from a 1965 speech given by Dr. King at the Dinkier Plaza Hotel in Atlanta where Dr. King said, "History will have to record the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and other violent actions of the bad people, but the appalling silence and indifference of the good people.” Dr. King has often been attributed to saying,“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” 

Olathe’s MLK Celebration has grown to become one of the City’s most acclaimed events, celebrating and embracing diversity in our community and schools at the 6-12 academic level.  The MLK Celebration allows Olatheans of all ages to showcase a society free of bullying, discrimination, and maltreatment of others based on race, gender, or religious beliefs. The goal of the Olathe Human Relations Commission’s annual contest is to increase positive awareness, foster greater understanding, and celebrate the diverse populations that make up the fabric of our community. 

Projects will be on display for public viewing during the MLK Community Open House Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Prairie Trail Middle School. Judging from a community panel will begin at 5:30 p.m. that evening.

Winners in the senior high division categories will be awarded $100-$300 and middle school division winners will receive $75-$200.  Additionally, a $500 Best of Show award will be presented. For more information, call (913) 971-6493 regarding other MLK events across the metropolitan area.