CCMLK Announces 2019 Program and Keynote Speaker

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Wednesday, December 12

The Committee to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King (CCMLK) is proud to announce the speaker for the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Event. This year’s keynote speaker will be Chris Singleton, a professional baseball player for the Chicago Cubs organization and inspirational speaker. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the program is scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at the Manahan Orthopedic Capital Center on the Grace College campus.

Chris Singleton sits on a bench

Chris Singleton will speak on the campus of Grace College.

Singleton’s role as an inspirational speaker has led him to appear on ESPN’s E:60, Sports Illustrated magazine and USA Today. His mother, Sharonda Coleman Singleton, was murdered along with eight other victims at Mother Emanuel AME church in downtown Charleston, S.C., on June 17, 2015, by a racist white supremacist. Chris inspired his city and the nation by him forgiving the man who murdered his mother and stating that “love is stronger than hate.” Chris inspires his audiences through his personal experiences of adversity and his belief that God can guide you through any storm you will ever pass.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Event is free to attend and is intended for people of all ages in Kosciusko County. Children are encouraged to participate if they do not have school.  There will be free lunches provided for the first 300 people in attendance. The Warsaw Community Schools’ choir will perform, and the ROTC will present the colors.

The CCMLK will also announce the selection process for the 2019 scholarship award, which goes to high school and current college students in Kosciusko County who demonstrate extraordinary citizenship, exemplify the principles taught by Dr. King and intend on pursuing or continuing a college degree. Those interested in applying for the scholarship should contact their guidance counselor or pick-up an application at the event.

About the CCMLK

Founded in 1987 by Joe Banks, Lynn Pulliam and Durell Hoskins, the CCMLK of Warsaw, Indiana exists to provide a forum in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a great black American, is appropriately commemorated in our county. The committee strives to provide challenges to people of all ages to study the principles of love, family, brotherhood and self-sacrifice as taught by the words, deeds and life of Dr. King. The CCMLK has honored the efforts of students for many years through Academic Excellence Awards, which give students of minority backgrounds scholarships to continue their education to the post-secondary level. The committee provides motivation to implement nonviolent social change through caring for others, strengthening the family, personal involvement in the suffering of others and civic participation.