The community of Loveland encourages its citizens to reflect upon King’s life, legacy and charge to Americans to help humanity evolve and celebrate diversity. The Citizen’s MLK Day Committee will hold its annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Mountain View High School Auditorium
- Star-Spangled Banner – Berthoud High School Show Choir
- Welcome – Stan Scheer, Superintendent of Thompson Schools
- Tribute to Nelson Mandela – Cecil Gutierrez, Mayor of Loveland
- Keynote Speaker – Dr. Ryan Ross – winner of 2013 Humanitarian Award of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission
- Performances by Tweed Smith – Gospel & Jazz Singer
- Student Art & Essay Contest Presentations
Dr. Ryan Ross, Dean of Student Development and Retention at Community College of Denver and esteemed recipient of the 2013 Humanitarian Award of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission will headline the annual Loveland MLK Celebration. The Colorado Holiday Commission’s Humanitarian Award is given to individuals who have given freely of their hearts to others, who have given their talent time and energy to meet unmet needs, stir hope, speak for the voiceless, and build a better world, one person at a time.
Dr. Ross is a transformational leader and community and nonprofit advocate who is committed to equity, access, and transformation. A celebrated public speaker and active in the Denver community, Ross’ involvement is vast, includes spearheading several Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations at CCD; serving as chair for the National Scholarship Planning Committee; as president of the Denver Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi; and co-chair, Denver Black Chamber of Commerce Connect Leadership Program.
The celebration will also include performances from the notable Tweed Smith, who will delight the attendees in Gospel spirituals sung a cappella. Tweed’s stage performances include Jesus Christ Superstar, the President Clinton’s Presidential Election Victory, The Merve Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, and Don Cornelius’ Soul Train. Tweed Smith is the only female to be a member of the world renowned band “WAR” and has appeared on the cover of Billboard, Cashbox, People, Blues & Soul and Black Radio Experience.