The City of Independence will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 7 p.m. Jan. 15, at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave., Independence. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Empower the Individual, Strengthen the Community, Honor the Man.”

The keynote speaker will be best-selling author and lecturer, Rev. Dr. Tex Sample. A recipient of the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ from Boston University, and former faculty at the Saint Paul School of Theology, Rev. Sample resides in the Kansas City area.

Also, the winner of the Independence high school seniors who submitted an essay for the $300 John Olivarez Scholarship, will be recognized at the celebration.