Aurora prepares for upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Commemoration
The city of Aurora recently announced that it will host the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Commemoration at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Matea Valley High School, which is located at 1801 N. Eola Road.
The event is set to be a celebration of King’s legacy.
Students from Aurora schools will participate in performances that act out events in King’s life -- the Montgomery Bus Boycott, his visit to India, his time in the Birmingham jail, the March on Selma and his Poor People’s Campaign.
The commemoration will also include a presentation of the Service Above Self awards, which will go to students who have been of service to the community in Aurora.
"This year, we will educate and empower our audience through dramatic portrayals of milestones in the civil rights leader's short, yet impactful life," Joe Grisson, co-chair at the 2017 MLK Committee, said in a press release.
The event is being held by Aurora in collaboration with the city's African-American Heritage Board.
"How exciting it will be to have students walk in the shoes of Martin Luther King Jr.," Jackiey Gibson, co-chair at the 2017 MLK Committee, said. "They will tell the story, relive the dream and leave the event with a goal to live each day on purpose -- and in persistent pursuit of a plan to get us all to the proverbial mountaintop."