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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

While there are no requirements for eligibility, preference for appointments shall be given to persons belonging to local religious organizations, the Bloomington human rights commission, Monroe County Government, local community school corporations, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The duties of the position are to promote and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and the acceptance of diversity in our community. In the pursuit of these purposes the commission may appoint additional volunteers and commission associates.

The estimate of how much time is involved is a monthly one-hour meeting, attendance at the event, a couple meetings involving distribution of the any service project funding received, as well as the planning and attendance at an occasional additional event that promotes the mission of the MLK Commission.

There is no compensation.

Please see the list of members for current vacancies.

Contact Info

Staff liaison Michael Shermis at 812.349.3471 or mlk@bloomington.in.gov

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

Members

Gloria Howell

Appointed By:
Mayor
Term Expires:
2022-01-31

Lily Kleinlein

Appointed By:
Mayor
Term Expires:
2021-01-31

Treon McClendon

Appointed By:
Mayor
Term Expires:
2022-01-31

James Sanders

Appointed By:
Common Council
Term Expires:
2021-01-31

M. Dianne Shewmaker

Appointed By:
NAACP
Term Expires:
2021-01-31

Vacant

Appointed By:
Common Council
Term Expires
2022-01-31
Vacancy:Apply

Vacant

Appointed By:
Common Council
Term Expires
2022-01-31
Vacancy:Apply