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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebration Sacramento

Sacramento State - The University Ballroom

Saturday, January 27, 2024
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MLK Celebration to Feature Roundtable Discussion: Sharing The Vision Of Higher Education In The Sacramento Region:

An Informative Roundtable Discussion with UC Davis Chancellor Gary May, Sacramento State President Luke Wood and American River College President Lisa Cardoza.

Chancellor Gary May, UC Davis
President Luke Wood, Sacramento State
President Lisa Cardoza, American River College

Experience an enlightening round table discussion with three distinguished university and college presidents from UC Davis, Sacramento State, and American River College, marking a groundbreaking moment in the Sacramento region's educational landscape. The MLK Celebration Committee proudly presents this unique assembly of visionary leaders committed to closing achievement gaps for students.  More -- continue reading!

Thank You For Attending The 25th Anniversary MLK Celebration Event.

2024 Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award Honoree

The MLK Celebration Sacramento committee is excited to announce Larry Lee, owner and publisher of the Sacramento Observer has been selected to receive the prestigious Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award at the 25th Annual MLK Celebration. 

Larry Lee, Publisher of the Sacramento Observer

The Robert T Matsui Community Service Honor for 2024 is set to be bestowed upon Mr. Larry Lee, owner and publisher of The Sacramento Observer, the leading African-American newspaper in America headquartered in Sacramento. This recognition is a testament to Mr. Lee's outstanding commitment to community service and his significant contributions to making the Sacramento region a better place for all.

Larry Lee's dedication to community service is deeply rooted in his family's legacy. His father, Dr. William Lee, the founder and publisher of the Observer Newspapers, was the second recipient of the Robert T Matsui Award. This family connection adds a poignant layer to Larry Lee's recognition, highlighting the enduring commitment of the Lee family to the betterment of the Sacramento region.

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Larry Lee

Please join us on Saturday, January 27, 2024, to honor Larry Lee

11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Essay Contest | Sponsored by ABC10 and the Sacramento Kings

Middle and high school students (grades 6-12) from El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, and Yolo Counties have a wonderful opportunity to take part in the 11th Annual MLK Celebration Essay Contest, organized by the MLK Celebration Committee and ABC10.

In the high school division, you can win a $500 first-place prize, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. If you're in middle school, there's a $250 first-place prize, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place. Additionally, first-place winners from both divisions will be invited to be highlighted during an upcoming Sacramento Kings game.

Click here to learn more about the essay contest, including all the details and rules.

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King addresses students at Sacramento State College on Oct. 16, 1967. King told the students that the Vietnam War was unjust because it works against the drive for African American equality. He maintained that fighting a war thousands of miles away takes money from the domestic war on poverty. (AP Photo/Walter Zeboski)

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2024 MLK Essay Contest Winners

2024 MLK Celebration Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest winners. Click here to read their winning essays.

The 25th Anniversary MLK Celebration Sacramento

The 2024 MLK Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 to celebrate our 25th anniversary by honoring and remembering the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Please join us as we continue this Sacramento tradition to build bridges among our community, elected officials, clergy, nonprofits, students of all ages as we continue to create new paths for a better and brighter future for everyone.

We invite you to commemorate, celebrate and be educated at the 25th anniversary event as we remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the tens of thousands of people who have fought and continue to fight for equality across the country.

On behalf of the MLK Celebration Committee, we look forward to seeing you!