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29th annual MLK Celebration honors Dr. King’s vision of equity, justice, and unity
29th annual MLK Celebration honors Dr. King’s vision of equity, justice, and unity

NWTC partners with the 29th annual MLK Celebration: Bridging Cultures, Celebrating Differences event, a powerful commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Taken place on Saturday, January 13, the event was initially planned to be hosted on NWTC’s campus but was adjusted to virtual due to inclement weather.

Organized through the Brown County MLK Committee, this annual MLK Celebration has become a significant tradition in our community, bringing people together to honor Dr. King's vision of equality, justice, and unity.

“The theme of this year’s celebration – Bridging Cultures, Celebrating Differences – offers us the opportunity to reflect on our own lives. Are we learning about new cultures? Are we looking for ways to embrace and truly celebrate diversity? All of us play a role in living this theme, and we hope this year’s celebration drives inspiration for living Dr. King’s dream at home, at work, at school, and in our communities,” said Rhonda Chandler, committee member and co-emcee of 2024 MLK Celebration.

Over 100 community members tuned in virtually to participate in this celebratory program that included inspiring speeches, engaging performances, and opportunities for reflection on the progress we've made and the work that still lies ahead. Examples of key event highlights include:

  • Contest for students in K-12 to creatively interpret this year’s theme of “Bridging Cultures, Celebrating Differences” through poster, poem, or essay.
  • Performance by “Kathak” Aarambh Kathak Dance School.
  • Recitation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Alphonso Simpson.
  • Remarks by Dr. Kristen, NWTC president, Dr. Claude Tiller Jr., GBAPS superintendent, and Dr. Dawn Crim, UWGB vice chancellor.
  • Annual recognitions for Ebiere Juliet Cole Community award and Teachers award.  

The Brown County Celebration Committee is a non-profit organization driven to build inclusivity and celebrate diversity within our local area and beyond. The Committee consists of members who come from diverse cultures, backgrounds – representing various businesses from education, healthcare, and more.  

For more information the Brown County MLK Celebration Committee, visit

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