Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Jan. 20

Dr. Tex Sample will be the keynote speaker for the Northland Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday,  Jan. 20. In his youth, Sample marched with King both in Boston and Selma, Alabama.

LIBERTY — The Northland Martin Luther King Jr. celebration begins at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan 20, in William Jewell College's Gano Chapel, 500 W. College St.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Tex Sample, pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Kansas City. Sample is also professor emeritus of the St. Paul School of Theology, where he taught for 32 years. He also is a freelance lecturer and has published 14 books. In his youth, Sample marched with King both in Boston and Selma, Alabama.

The theme of the 36th King celebration takes inspiration from the Youth Service America Organization, “Freedom and Justice for All.” The MLK Day of Service, also Jan. 20, encourages all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence.

The program will also feature the William Jewell College Concert Choir with  Director Anthony Maglione. Special musical guests will be Lori Tucker and her family.

During the event, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards will be given to four residents: Antonio Holland, John Dillingham, Doris Taylor, Jewell student Amaya Clark and one community organization, the Northland Justice Coalition. The Invictus Award for Social Justice will be given to community activist Ajamu Webster.