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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > January 2015 > MLK Jr. Commemoration Ceremony

MLK Jr. Commemoration Ceremony


Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Division of Citizen Services host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

January 16, 2015 – The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, Pledge to Service and Recognition Ceremony, is an annual event where Mayor Byron Brown and the Division of Citizen Services recognize organizations and individuals for their contributions to the City of Buffalo through their community service activities.

“At the heart of Dr. King’s legacy is a commitment to service,” said Mayor Brown. “Today, we honor and acknowledge those who continue walking in the footsteps of Dr. King, making a difference in the lives of others through service.”

This year’s honorees are:

  • Jennifer J. Parker – President and Founder, Jackson Parker LLC, Black Capital Network
  • Willie Hutch Jones – C.E.O., Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Programs
  • Robert Mootry, Jr. – President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Regional Director CSEA
  • Hon. Hugh B. Scott – Magistrate Judge of United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • Dinorah Santos– Evening Coordinator, The Belle Center & Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY
  • Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals
  • W.A.V.E. Buffalo (Women Against Violence Everywhere)

The event not only recognizes those who have made contributions through service, but also presents a call-to-action to Buffalo residents encouraging them to become more involved and engaged in their communities through service. Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy is necessary now more than ever, as communities nationwide engage in constructive dialogue and problem solving.

We’re proud to announce that we've partnered with Meetup and a coalition of other partners, including America’s Promise, Points of Light, and Citizen University, to launch a new initiative called #MeetupMonday that will enable community members to meetup in person to talk about the unique challenges and opportunities facing our nation. Beginning today, the free version of Meetup’s paid platform will enable diverse groups of citizens across the nation to organize #MeetupMonday events in their communities on MLK Day to come together for conversation, action, and healing.

To learn more about #MeetupMonday or to schedule an MLK Day event in your community, please visit