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The 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration: A Night of Inspiration and Unity

Event Recap | Photos by Photos by Michael Johnson

Charlottesville gathered in unity and purpose on Sunday, January 21st, for the 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration. Hosted at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, the evening resonated with Dr. King’s message of hope, equality, and unwavering commitment to justice.

Photo by Michael Johnson of MLK Community Choir

Award-winning author and activist Jocelyn Nicole Johnson gave the keynote address. Drawing from her powerful novel “My Monticello,” Johnson offered insightful reflections on the continued struggle for racial justice and the importance of embracing outsider narratives. Her words resonated deeply, leaving the audience inspired to carry Dr. King’s torch forward.

Photo by Michael Johnson of Khalilah Ambrose-Jones winner of the MLK Community Award

The celebration also served as a platform to recognize outstanding contributions to the community. This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Award was presented to Khalilah Ambrose-Jones, whose unwavering dedication to Dr. King’s principles and tireless efforts towards building bridges between diverse communities truly embody the spirit of the award.

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