ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis Community College (STLCC) at Florissant Valley along with North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU) will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Tuesday, January 22nd.
This year’s celebration theme is “Standing for Truth, Knowledge and Unconditional Love.” Those who attend will get the chance to sign a birthday card for Dr. King, Jr. and hear winning student essays, from NCCU’s Oratorical Contest, delivered from local school districts and music from local choirs.
According to a news release, talents of North County youth will be on display as current and former STLCC-Florissant Valley students lead the celebratory program. This year’s student speaker will be Marc Wallace; student emcee will be Tia Wilks and vocalist will be Daniel Allyn.
Shawntelle Fisher, STLCC-Florissant Valley alumna and founder/CEO of The SoulFisher Ministries, an organization which aims to spread hope and empower youth and convicted felons to be positive, productive and socially responsible members in the community, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.
In addition to speakers and choir performances, those in attendance will learn more about the Ritenour School District and the reasoning behind being honored with the 2019 Dr. Rance Thomas Excellence in Community Partnership Award.
“Ritenour School District was chosen because of its commitment to its entire community, its special programs focused on serving often underrepresented individuals and its work in creating a strong partnership with our campus,” Dr. Elizabeth Gassel Perkins, campus provost, said.
The celebration reception will be held Tuesday, January 22nd from 5:00-6:00 pm at the Florissant Valley’s campus in the Terry M. Fischer Theatre (3400 Pershall Rd). The program will follow the reception from 6:00-7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Seating for the event will be on a first-come, first-served basis.