County Ceremony Set for January 17, 2017

The nomination period for our Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year is now open, and we encourage you to submit names for consideration.   Nominations will be taken through Wednesday, December 14.

We hope you were able to join in the 38th annual commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as Contra Costa County held a special ceremony on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Following an inspiring and thoughtful keynote speech by community activist Philip Arnold, and entertainment from Joe Warner and Faye Carol, two special county residents were recognized for their achievements.

California High senior Davis Bullock was named Student Humanitarian of the Year for 2016, and thanked his parents, family and friends for their support over a challenging year in his young lifetime.  Davis has battled back from cancer, while helping others who might face the disease by fund raising and hosting a blood marrow matching event to gather new potential donors.

Terri Porter, the force behind the "Visions of Success" program in the Mt. Diablo School District, was recognized as the Humanitarian of the Year.  Her goal has been to bring underserved youth the opportunity to see first hand what success in education and the workforce looks like, launching many onto paths they might not otherwise think possible.

Dr. King inspired countless people around the world to imagine and pursue their dreams; we invite you to share your dream in a virtual dream "wall" online as part of the King Center's website.  Participate by visiting the "Share Your Dream" page of this site, and note your location as a Contra Costa County resident.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to the wall in the lobby at 651 Pine Street!

You can also watch this year's and prior year's ceremonies from the menu on the left.

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