Supervisor Walker to Tour Linn County for MLK Holiday

Walker to Tour Linn County for MLK Holiday

Speeches to highlight justice reform efforts and encourage civic activism


Cedar Rapids, IA – Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker will spend the upcoming holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., touring Linn County for several events honoring the legacy of the civil rights icon. The speaking tour will begin in Mt. Vernon, Iowa where he will give the keynote address for the first annual Connect, Absorb, Respond, and Empower (CARE) conference. He will then give the keynote address at the MLK celebration event held at Coe College, before closing out the evening as the keynote speaker for the 28th Annual Community Observance Celebration at St. Paul’s Church in Cedar Rapids.


“It is an honor to be given the opportunity to speak to the legacy of Dr. King,” said Supervisor Walker. “Dr. King stands as a titan in the pantheon of great visionary leaders. He was able to move the conscience of a nation; standing up for what he knew was right at a time when the majority of the country thought otherwise. Now more than ever, we must remember his commitment to progress and be encouraged, knowing that our current fight against injustice and inequity can be won.”


Supervisor Walker plans to highlight justice reform efforts here in Linn County and encourage citizens to get more involved in the causes and issues they care about, especially the causes that address systemic and institutional injustice.




WHAT: Connect, Absorb, Respond and Empower Conference

WHEN: Monday, January 15th at 8:30am

WHERE: Mt. Vernon High School; 731 Palisades Rd. SW, Mt. Vernon, Iowa 52314

CONTACT: Leigh Ann Erickson;


WHAT: MLK Celebration

WHEN: Monday, January 15th at 9-11:30am and 1-4:00pm

WHERE: Coe College; 1220 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

CONTACT: Steven Shelby;


WHAT: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

WHEN: Monday, January 15th at 6:30pm

WHERE: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church; 1340 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

CONTACT: 319-363-2058;


All events are open to the public. Those in need of special accommodations in order to attend or participate should contact the organization using the information listed. Press and media are encouraged to attend.



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