42nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Save the date for the County's annual tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.This year's theme is We Are in This Together.

Key to our ceremony is the presentation of the prestigious awards for Humanitarians of the Year in Contra Costa County. 

We encourage you to submit online nominations for Humanitarian of the Year and Student Humanitarian of the Year.

The 2019 Humanitarian of the Year was Reverend Donnell R. Jones, and the Student Humanitarian of the Year was Pinole Valley High School Senior, Yassna Ahmadi. Watch the 41st MLK celebration video.

We hope to see you at the ceremony on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Join us afterwards for a free buffet lunch.


2019 Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Celebration

2019 Student Humanitarian of the Year

During our January 2019 event, Pinole Valley High School senior Yassna Ahmadi was named Student Humanitarian of the Year, and thanked her family and friends for their support.

She is proud of her Muslim heritage, while including the African American Student Union among her many activities. She also works as a baby sitter and a volunteer assistant to a UC Berkeley professor.

"She is one of the most giving students I have had the pleasure of working with in my 31 years in West Contra", says Principal Kibby Kleiman. She serves as an advocate and spokesperson for causes that support the disadvantaged and disempowered. Her dedication to others embodies the spirit and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend Donnell R. Jones is the recipient of the Contra County Board of Supervisors' 2019 Humaitarian of the Year Award. He was chosen for his leadership and service to the community spanning 27 years.

In his work in Contra Costa County and beyond, Reverend Jones cares deeply about advocating for peace, justice and violence prevention. He is the Pastor of New Direction Ministries and the owner of New Soul Cafe, both in Richmond.

Reverend Jones is a graduate of UC Berkeley. He considers this County his home, where he serves, mentors and nurtures those in need.

2019 Contra Costa County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian of the Year

The Dream Starts With Me, Contra Costa County 41st Annual

Keynote Speaker, Sheryl Lane, a native of Richmond, CA is the daughter of parents who were born and raised in the segregated South and moved to California in pursuit of greater opportunity. She is currently the Executive Director of Building Blocks for Kids (BBK) in Richmond. Under her leadership and vision, she works with a team to realize BBK's mission to invest in individual transformation to promote thriving families and community change.

2019 Contra Costa County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2019 Keynote Speaker
2019 Contra Costa County Martin Luther King, Jr.-Contra Costa School of Performing Art

Thank you to the student performers for helping us celebrate the 41st Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Contra Costa County.

2019 Contra Costa County Martin Luther King, Jr.-Los Medanos College Gospel Choir

Thank you to the Los Medanos College Gospel Choir.

Established in 1995, The Los Medanos College Gospel Choir is conducted by founder and 2014 Grammy Quarterfinalist Conductor, Professor Silvester Carl Henderson. The Choir has earned a reputation as the finest community college gospel choir in the State of California.

MLK 2016

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.

MLK 2016

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

Thank you for joining us in the 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration.