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Moss as Keynote Speaker at MLK Celebration

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Reverend Doctor Otis Moss, Jr. will be the keynote speaker in this year's Martin Luther King Celebration held 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20 at the Jack Reardon Civic Center, 520 Minnesota, Kansas City, Kansas.

Moss is the retired pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church located in Cleveland, Ohio and co-pastor with Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. and one of America’s most influential leaders.

According to the press release, Moss has achieved a number of award, including "the Role Model of the Year Award from the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Development in 1992 and the Leadership Award from the Cleveland chapter of the American Jewish Committee in 1996. He was inducted into the 2007 Class of the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. In 2004, Dr. Moss was bestowed the unique honor of the Lyman Beecher Lectureship on Preaching, Yale University. He was twice named by Ebony Magazine as one of America’s Greatest Black Preachers. In 2012 he was inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame. He also holds six honorary degrees from colleges and universities in Ohio, Georgia, and Arkansas. Morehouse College recently named their newest dormitory suites in honor of Dr. Moss. In 2012 he was inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame."

In honor of the MLK Celebration, there will be a Motorcade/March for Hunger assembling at 9 a.m. and departing at 10 a.m. from the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 5th & Richmond. The celebration will include music from the MLK Mass Choir, praise dancers from the Forrest Grove Baptist Church and the Men of Worship from the Greater Pentecostal Temple.

More than $30,000 in scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors through the Rev. C.E. Taylor/MLK, Jr. Educational Awards Program.

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