40th Annual Celebration: Join us on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mark your calendars and save the date for the County's annual tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The nomination period is now underway for adult and student humanitarian of the year candidates.  Please submit your nomination online via the forms found on the left side of this page.  

The nomination period closes on Friday, December 15, 2017.

We hope to see you at the ceremony in January!


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During our January 2017 event, California High senior Paige Godvin was named Student Humanitarian of the Year, and thanked her family and friends for their support. Paiges' community service includes volunteering at the Red Cross Clue, the Blind Babies Awareness Foundation Club, and the Monte Vista Medical Club. Mentoring middle school children and teaching Sunday school at her church. She also uses her talent to support Flashes of Hope, a foundation that provides free professional photography to families who have a child with cancer. Paige has helped photograph more than 30 families to date.

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Ask anyone who knows James (Jim) Noe about what motivates him, and you
won’t hear about his business success. You’ll hear echoes of his passion to quietly but effectively help provide food, clothing and financial assistance to people in need throughout Contra Costa County. This year James Noe was recognized as 2017 Humanitarian.
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Civil Rights in 2017
We Still Have Work to Do


Honorable Diana Becton mentioned the many strides that have taken place since the time of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but the work that still remains. In our hallway this week, posters asked visitors to state their commitment.

What will YOU do to advance Civil Rights in your community in 2017?

Now, its your turn, share your
plans with us!

Let's make Contra Costa a hub of activity in 2017 sharing our dreams in the spirit of
Dr. Martin Luther King,]r.


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Dr. King inspired countless people around the world to imagine and pursue their dreams; we invite you to share your dream in a virtual dream "wall" online as part of the King Center's website.  Participate by visiting the "Share Your Dream" page of this site, and note your location as a Contra Costa County resident.




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We invite you to watch prior ceremonies, including keynote addresses, entertainment and recognition of our Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year honorees. Please click here

Thank you for joining us in the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration.








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