City Plans Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations January 18

Mayor Breea Clark and the Norman Human Rights Commission invite the Norman community to attend the annual Mayor's Interfaith Breakfast honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18 at 9:00 a.m. The City Parks Department also invites residents to participate in a clean-up event at 2 p.m. on Monday at one of Norman’s more than 60 parks. Supplies and attendance can be secured by signing up here.  

The breakfast will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the City's YouTube page. The theme for this year's presentation is "Reconciliation: Moving Beyond the Past to Create a Better Future...Together."

"While this treasured event will look different this year, we will continue to honor and celebrate Dr. King's legacy of community, hope, and reconciliation that is needed now more than ever in our city, state, and nation," said Mayor Clark. "As always, I am looking forward to hearing from our diverse faith communities, and given that 2021 is the year of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, I am also excited for our keynote speaker, Phil Armstrong, Project Director of the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. I invite all residents to join us virtually to hear these messages as we all look forward to a brighter and stronger 2021."

In addition to the keynote speech by Phil Armstrong, leaders of a variety of faiths will also offer inspirational commentary and prayers.

"I am very proud that we are able to continue this annual event during these turbulent times," said Dan Dukes, Human Rights Commission Chair. "It is now, more than ever, that we tune in to reconciliation and togetherness and tune out division and ignorance. Please join us on January 18 to celebrate those that are fighting for social justice through Dr. King's words and actions."

Following the virtual breakfast, residents are encouraged to join citywide day of service by signing up to clean a park.  Residents that would like to lead clean-up efforts at their favorite park can do so by volunteering to serve as a park leader through the link or by emailing [email protected]. The Norman Parks and Recreation Department will provide supplies.