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Monday, January 20, 2014
7 p.m.
Buskirk-Chumley Theater (114 E. Kirkwood Ave.)
FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC

Hank Thomas, 2014 Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker for the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration was Freedom Rider Hank Thomas, who spoke on "A Freedom Rider's Journey." Nineteen-year-old Hank Thomas joined the 1961 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Freedom Ride. Thomas overcame an impoverished childhood in southern Georgia and St. Augustine, FL to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) affiliated Nonviolent Action Group (NAG). Read more


The City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission raises awareness about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and promotes the acceptance of diversity. Learn more about the Commission.

Meeting Schedule and Agendas


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Join in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Season of Service, Jan. 20-February. 28, 2014, through service projects, educational events, community celebration and more!


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The MLK Legacy Award honors a citizen of our community who has made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice and human rights. Congratulations to the Indiana University Office of Diversity Education for receiving the 2013 MLK Legacy Award! To learn more about the MLK Legacy Award, CLICK HERE.


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The winners of the MLK Day Video Contest will be announced on Monday, January 20th at the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre. To see last year's winners CLICK HERE.

To see this year's entries CLICK HERE!


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For the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, 57 organizations in Bloomington have received funding to complete service or educational projects to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

For a complete list of grant recipients, CLICK HERE.


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Please contact Craig Brenner in the Community and Family Resources Department at 812-349-3471 for meeting times (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Meeting Schedule) and additional information.