Fifty-two years have passed since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and to commemorate the life of the civil rights leader, Contra Costa County is set to host a free community event recognizing two special residents who best exemplify King's life and legacy.
At the 42nd Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Event, county officials will honor Contra Costa's two Humanitarians of the Year -- adult humanitarian Tamisha Walker from Richmond and student humanitarian Christina Mazzi, a senior at Concord High School.
“Contra Costa County welcomes the public to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to help us recognize a Humanitarian and a Student Humanitarian whose service had a significant impact on their communities,” Board of Supervisors Chair Candace Andersen said in a statement. “In Dr. King’s words, ‘Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve.’ We honor those who serve with distinction and grace.”
Set to be recognized at a special ceremony on Jan. 21, the event’s theme is “We Are All in This Together” and will feature keynote speaker, Bisa French, interim police chief of the Richmond Police Department. French has both African American and Latina heritage and is the first woman of color to lead the department.
The afternoon will include entertainment from students from Contra Costa School of Performing Arts along with soloist Linda Jackson and a free buffet lunch.
The 42nd Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Event will be held Jan. 21, starting at 11 a.m. in Contra Costa County’s Board Chambers, 651 Pine St., Martinez.