Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams to Speak on MLK Jr. Day
The Committee to Commemorate Martin Luther King (CCMLK) is proud to announce their 34th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Event. The 2022 celebration will be held on Monday, Jan. 17 at the Manahan Orthopedic Capital Center on the Grace College campus. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the program is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. The keynote speaker for this year’s event is former professional NCAA All-American basketball player and member of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, Melvin Adams.
Melvin Adams was challenged early in life with extremely negative circumstances; however, he dreamed of playing professional basketball. At the age of 13, his father passed away. When life consistently gave Melvin new difficulties he turned to sports. Adams’ hard work and dedication to his teams kept him from trouble. During these years, he led the district in assists and steals and averaged 16 points per game for the Eisenhower High School’s Eagles. Eventually, Adams joined the Harlem Globetrotters and was named Mr. Globetrotter more times than one!
On March 17, 2000, Adams retired from the Harlem Globetrotters to fulfill a new dream – to challenge individuals to personal success through focus, work and persistence. Today, he is privileged to speak before student and adult audiences sharing his personal story and inspiring others to see their dreams become realities.
“We are honored that Melvin Adams has decided to spend his MLK Day in Warsaw,” stated John Bryan Lowe, III, President of the CCMLK. “We strive to bring dynamic, relevant speakers to our community to honor Dr. King. We know that Adams will offer a unique perspective that will be inspirational to many in attendance.”
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.
Donations are welcome for those interested in partnering with the CCMLK for next year’s event which can be given in person on Jan. 17 or through the online fundraiser through MudLOVE at https://bit.ly/3zvvtk4. Contributors to the fundraiser can donate a monetary amount or purchase a bracelet to show their support and give back.
The Warsaw Community Schools choir will perform, and the ROTC will present the colors. Those unable
to attend in person can watch a live stream of the event on CCMLK’s Facebook page: ccmlkwarsaw.