Mayor Friday Ellis and the City of Monroe will host the 43rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Salute. The event will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 17 in the W. L. “Jack” Howard Theater at the Monroe Civic Center Complex.

The 2022 theme is “Renewing Our Community Through Service.”

In recognition and tribute to the many contributions of Dr. King to the country’s history, the city of Monroe is continuing with a tradition that was started years ago with the presentation of the James Sharp, Jr. Justice Award, the B. D. Robinson Unity Award, the W. L. “Jack” Howard Public Service Award, the Nashall “Shack” Harris Humanitarian Award, the Morris Henry Carroll Education Award, the Lillie “Granny” Goins Community Service Award and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Trailblazer Award.

The city’s guest speaker will be Jon Alston. Alston is a former NFL player, film director, and film producer.

The ceremony will be published live on Facebook.

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