Antioch to hold 8th annual Martin Luther King Day event, January 18

King CelebrationThe City of Antioch and Antioch Unified School District along with community partners and sponsors, will present its 8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration in the Deer Valley High School Theater, located at 4700 Lone Tree Way, on January 18, 2016, from 1:00-3:00 PM.

This citywide celebration was created in 2009 by the late Antioch City Council Member Reggie Moore who passed away February 2014 from cancer. He desired to celebrate Dr. King’s historical contributions by bringing the entire community of Antioch together in addition to creating a scholarship program for high school and middle school students. Prior to Reggie Moore’s passing he handed the task of keeping this event going to Wade Harper who at the time was a Council Member. Antioch’s Mayor Harper and Antioch Unified School District Board President Diane Gibson-Gray continue the celebration with the support of businesses and community leaders.

This year’s theme is Moving Beyond the Dream, a Salute to Greatness. The celebration will include presentation of the scholarships to the top three winners in High School and Middle School who competed in the Essay and Art Contest, various student performances, Praise Dance, Youth Comedian Leonard “The KYD” Jackson, Bay Area Gospel artist Lawrence Mathews and Keynote Speaker, three-time Super Bowl Champion and former SF 49er William “Bubba” Paris.

This event is sponsored by the City of Antioch, Antioch Unified School District, Antioch Community Foundation, County Supervisor Federal Glover, Pacific Gas & Electric, Mayor Wade Harper, Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch and more.

For more information please visit or contact Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897 or email

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