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About the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commission

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission seeks to promote and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and promote the acceptance of diversity in the community. The Commission sponsors events and programs to commemorate the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, including a volunteer service day initiative "A Day ON! Not a Day Off", "40 Days of Peace", the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award, and the annual community-wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration. The Commission also sponsors events throughout the year which promote justice, racial harmony and equal opportunity.

Statutory Authority: BMC 2.12


Appointee Appointed By Term Expiration Date
Mary Stephenson Common Council 2018-01-31
Marcus Debro Common Council 2018-01-31
Barbara Fuqua Common Council 2017-01-31
Lily Kleinlein Mayor 2017-01-31
Dennis Laffoon Mayor 2018-01-31
Nicole Griffin Mayor 2018-01-31
Diane Shewmaker NAACP 2017-01-31

Contact Info

Staff liaison Michael Shermis at 812.349.3471 or

Associates: Debra Vance, Dan Enslow

Staff: Michael Shermis, Special Projects Cooordinator, Community and Family Resources Department

If you would like to serve on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commission, please submit an application here