45th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

2022 MLK

Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors thanks everyone who attended the 45th annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 17, 2023.

The Supervisors recognized the 2023 Humanitarian of the Year, Cheryl Suddeth, El Sobrante resident and Contract Services Manager for the Alameda – Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), and the Student Humanitarian of the Year, Ava Freeman, a senior at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. Their passionate leadership, advocacy, and community service have improved the lives of Contra Costa County residents and reflect the spirit of Dr. King’s work and achievements. The keynote speaker was Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Superintendent Thurmond lives in Contra Costa County and is the first Afro-Latino to hold this statewide office. He is an educator, social worker, and public school parent who has served the people of California for more than 15 years and will share his perspective on Dr. King’s legacy. 

The program also included entertainment from the Grown Women Dance Collective, spoken word performers Camille Miller, TJ Sykes, and Liberty High School (in Brentwood) Chamber Singers.

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