For the 22nd year, West Hartford officials will honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s life with a tribute event at town hall.
The free celebration will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday in the auditorium at West Hartford Town Hall, 50 S. Main St. Roughly 400 people attend the celebration each year.
Jay Williams, president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, is the keynote speaker. Williams recently served as assistant secretary of commerce for the U.S. Economic Development Administration and has also served as deputy director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House as a liaison between the president and local elected officials.
The Rev. Mia Douglas of Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford will give the opening prayer and West Hartford African American Social and Cultural Organization leader Elena DeVaughn will introduce Williams. Former board of education member Tammy Exum will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Conard High School student Grace Williams and Hall High School student Deonna Hightower will read student perspectives on King. Conard High School Jazz Combo, Voices of Bristow Middle School and Conard’s Voices of the World Choir will perform. Elementary school student artwork, essays and poems will be on display.
Attendees are invited to attend a 45- 60-minute discussion on race, community and MLK Jr.’s ideology after the celebration.
West Hartford Community Television will air the event live on Ch. 5.