Return to Headlines

1-3-18 — Annual MLK Event Draws Over 4,300 Entries

Jan. 3, 2018 ~ The public is invited to join Olathe Public Schools and Olathe Human Relations Commission for the city's 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. "A View from the Mountaintop" is the theme of this year's celebration at the Bell Cultural Events Center on the campus of MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2030 E. College Way, Olathe.

Johnson County 10th District Court Judge Rhonda K. Mason will deliver the keynote address, and musical entertainment will be provided by Lester Estelle, Leigh’s School of Dance, and the Prairie Trail Middle School Cantabile Choir.

The celebration is an opportunity for Olathe youth to promote a society free of bullying, discrimination and mistreatment of others based on race, gender or religion by sharing their views in essays, visual art, or mixed media presentations. This year more than 4,300 students in grades 6-12 submitted entries.

The public is invited to view the visual art entries from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8 in the district’s Technology Support Center, 14250 S. Black Bob Road, Olathe. A number of students will read their essays at the Jan. 14 event. Many entries will be displayed at the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and then in the downtown Olathe Public Library through the end of February.

Contest winners receive a plaque and cash prize.

The Martin Luther King Celebration involves a partnership of the City of Olathe, Olathe Public Schools, MidAmerica Nazarene University, and Olathe Public Library. Sponsors include Olathe Communities That Care, Olathe Ford, Harlan Parker Insurance, Bott Radio Network, and Grantham University.

Questions about the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration may be directed to Vanessa Vaughn West with the City of Olathe, (913) 669-1946 or