Register now for 'Remembering Martin' luncheon Jan. 21

At this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon, United Way of East Central Iowa and the African American Museum of Iowa will honor 22 students from Metro Area schools who have demonstrated Dr. King’s honorable characteristics through their volunteer work, school attendance and positive behavior.

The event will be at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center from 11:30 - 1 p.m. on Jan. 21. Dr. Ruth White, program director of the Kids on Course program, will give the keynote address. Visit to register.

The Remembering Martin luncheon has been an important part of the celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday in our community. Commemorating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognizing student leaders from throughout the area, the luncheon has become a must-attend event for the observance of the holiday with crowds of more than 500 people. This event unites non-profit agencies, schools, corporations, philanthropists and students for a one-of-a-kind affair.

In addition, Coe College, HACAP, Mt. Mercy University, and United Way of East Central Iowa have come together to provide ways for our community to serve each other on the day.

For the MLK Day of Service, help us keep area food pantries stocked this winter by donating non-perishable food items for our Food Drive. Many families receive food assistance over the holidays, afterwards though, donations tend to drop off. All donations will go to the HACAP food reservoir to support area food pantries. Donations can be dropped off at the MLK Luncheon.

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