The city of Independence will host its 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 7 to 9 p.m. this evening at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave.

The speaker is Roger Napue, a board member of the Nicodemus Kansas Historical Society, which aims to preserve and interpret the history of the 1870s all-black settlement in western Kansas.

In addition, there will be musical performances, and the recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Eighth Grade Essay Contest and the John Olivarez Scholarship Essay Contest for high school students will be announced.

 – Examiner staff