Martin Luther King Jr. Day in West Des Moines

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  • Dates: 1/15/2021
  • Location: Virtual event. Attendees will receive a link 24 hours before the event.
  • Start/End Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Overview

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration - January 15, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Viritual

    Several key stakeholders in the City of West Des Moines are joining together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 18th is the official day of his life in celebration. The City of West Des Moines, West Des Moines Community School District, Des Moines University, City of West Des Moines Human Rights Commission, West Des Moines Historical Society, West Des Moines Chamber and more are working on a variety of ways we can uplift his voice and highlight diversity, equity, and inclusion in 2021.
    We hope you will join us in this community celebration that will highlight what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his teachings mean to key leaders in the region and how we can all apply it to better our lives and communities for the future.

    Moderated by Renee Hardman – CEO / Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, West Des Moines City Councilwoman
    Panel Includes:
    • Lonnie Dafney – Diversity and Inclusion Director / EMC Insurance Companies
    • Dr. Anthony Ferguson – Executive Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity / West Des Moines Community School District
    • Dr. Angela Franklin – President and CEO / Des Moines University 
    • Angela Jackson – Attorney, Owner, Management Consultant / The Great Frame Up
    • Dr. Rich Salas – Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Professor / Des Moines University … and MORE!


     Mayoral Proclamation & Award Recipient Remarks  10am  FB Premiere @cityofwdm
     Youth Mini Conference  1-3pm  Virtual via Zoom (register here)

    National Day of Service

    Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, "Everyone can be great because everybody can serve." Observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday through service is a way to begin each year with a commitment to making your community a better place. Your service honors Dr. King's life and teachings and helps meet community challenges. Service also brings people together of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The MLK Day of Service encourages all types of service, particularly projects that have a lasting impact and connect participants to ongoing service. The most successful projects connect to the life and teaching of Dr. King, meet a pressing community need, and include time to reflect on his teachings.

    Ways You Can Serve

    There are many opportunities to lend a helping hand and heart to organizations in need right in our community. Even during a pandemic, you can safely make an impact. Organizations such as ALS Association Iowa Chapter, Link Associates, Furry Friends Refuge, Meals from the Heartland, and many others need your support now more than ever. Even though we have new and different difficulties today, we, like Dr. King, can still have a dream.

    Find Service Opportunities in West Des Moines