4th Annual Collin County MLK Appreciation Day Set for January 18

4th Annual Collin County MLK Appreciation Day Set for January 18

You are invited to join us virtually on Monday, January 18, 2021, for the 4th Annual Collin County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Appreciation Day Service.  This year’s event features the theme, “The 1963 Birmingham Campaign,” and will be hosted by Dr. Cheryl Jackson, founder of Minnie’s Food Pantry.

The one-hour service will be live streamed beginning at 12:00pm. A link will be available that morning on the MLKCollinCounty Facebook page (@mlkcollincounty).

The mission of The Collin County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Appreciation Day Service is to honor Dr. King’s legacy and remember our responsibility to represent Dr. King’s values of love, equality, and justice, through a collaboration of civic organizations, churches, community leaders, business executives and academic institutions.

Program Highlights
  • We’ll announce and recognize the winners of the 1st Annual Carson M. Doss Legacy Scholarship Art Contest. Mr. Doss is the founder of the MLK Appreciation Day Service. He passed away in 2020, and his family established this scholarship in his memory. Two students who live in Collin County will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.
  • The 2021 Collin County MLK Drum Major Award recipients will also be recognized. The Drum Major award was established by Dr. King to recognize individuals who have dedicated much of their lives to improving the human condition. This year’s recipients are Dr. E.T. Boon and Diana Dues.
  • Musical selections performed via Zoom by members of choirs from several area churches.
  • Guest speakers include members of the MLK Appreciation Day Service Committee co-chairs and pastors will speak during the event: Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch, lead pastor at First United Methodist Church of Allen; Pastor Timothy Jones, Rockbridge Church, Allen; Dr. Wayne Stafford, Sr., Fellowship Christian Center Church, Plano; and Collin Packer, Lead Minister, Greenville Oaks Church of Christ, Allen; and the 2021 event co-coordinators Marianna Sennour and Mary Vail-Grube.
Pre-Event Programs

Several virtual, pre-event, programs will explore this year’s theme in depth.

  • Join via Zoom a conversation with Cynthia Levinson, the author of We’ve Got A Job, a chronicle of The Birmingham Campaign and The Children’s March, on January 14 at 7:00pm. You can find the link for the event at this link: Facebook Event @MLKCollinCounty.
  • Colored Commentary, a podcast hosted by Markus Lloyd and Antwuan Malone, is a challenging conversation on race, Christianity, and culture. Several episodes leading up to the event will focus on the work of Dr. King in the struggle social justice, equity, and equality – and how it continues today. Find it on Apple podcasts.