The 21st annual Raytown Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Celebration, organizer by Raytown Community Interfaith, will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 14, at Raytown South High School, 8211 Sterling Ave., Raytown.

The keynote speaker will be Alvin Brooks, former Kansas City City Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem, former Kansas City Police Commissioner, founder of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, Community Leader and Civil Rights Activist.

Raytown Mayor Michael McDonough will issue the annual MLK Proclamation, and the winners of the “MLK Today” essay contest will be announced. Last year, 3,785 students from the Raytown School District submitted essays describing how King’s words are relevant to them today. That tradition continues in 2018! Caring for Kids, the Raytown Police Benefit Fund and Graceway are sponsoring the essay awards.

In addition, the family of the late Randy Battagler, founder and editor of the Raytown Times, will be given the Raytown MLK Service Award in honor of their father, and the Raytown South High School Cardinal Chorale and the Raytown South Middle School Jazz Band will perform.