City of Monroe to celebrate 42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday salute

The Monroe City Council and Mayor Oliver Friday Ellis will host the 42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Salute. The event will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 14, 2021, in the W. L. “Jack” Howard Theater at the Monroe Civic Center Complex.

Our 2021 theme is “One People, One Community, OneRoe.”

In recognition and tribute to the many contributions of Dr. King to our mutual history and to our society, 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.

This year’s award ceremony is going to be different. Covid-19 has forced us to limit attendees for the event. In an effort to ensure everyone has the opportunity to view the ceremony, we will be streaming it via the city’s Facebook page:

Our guest speaker will be ULM’s newly appointed Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Valerie Fields, Ed.D.