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MLK Day Poster 201414th Annual MLK Event at Fargo Theatre

The Fargo Human Relations Commission will host a celebration in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway. The event is free and open to the public. The 14th annual event will feature the Native American Hand Drum Honor Song and performances by local musicians, the concert choir from Oak Grove High School, Atmosphere, video presentations created by the People's Press Project, and the Fargo Human Relations Award presentations by Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker.

The Fargo Human Relations Award will be presented to a youth and adult and an organization that have made significant contributions to the area of human relations in the FM community:

•      Organization - The FM Sheltering Churches Project, which began 3 years ago, provided 1,418 nights of shelter for 325 individuals in its first year. This project benefits not only the homeless people it shelters, but the entire community, as well as the church members who volunteer. Currently, 18 congregations have made a commitment to offer their buildings to provide overflow sheltering for the homeless.
 
•      Adult - Nancy Halilovic has been an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher at the Fargo Adult Learning Center for a number of years and has gone above and beyond to provide the best learning environment for her students. She is dedicated to her students and willing to try new things, develop lesson plans that reach multiple learners, and step in to teach the Elder Citizenship Class, for Lutheran Social Services - New Americans; this class wouldn't be possible without Ms. Halilovic.

•      Student - Levi Bachmeier is an active young member of the Fargo-Moorhead area in various service projects and leadership roles. In 2011 and 2012, his position as advisor to "Fill the Dome" involved mentoring high school students as they organized and executed an annual food drive that raised approximately $150,000 and brought in 165 tons of food. Levi is currently a youth advisory council member to the Fargo City Commission, and student body president and resident assistant at Concordia College.

Each award recipient’s accomplishments will be highlighted in a video presentation.

Those attending this event are invited to stay and view the showing "Koran by Heart" presented by the North Dakota State University Library System.

For further questions, please contact the Planning Department at planning@cityoffargo.com or 701-241-1474.