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Said by Carly Fiorina at the end of the documentary on “The Men Who Built America.” “America was transformed by the vision, the incredible hard work and determination and the willingness to take big risks that these men displayed. There is also no question that these men could not have done what they did anywhere else but America because this place allows more people to dream than any other place in the world. All that matters is how big do you want to dream and how hard do you want to work.” The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Committee Invites You To: The 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner Honoring Garmin and Our Student Scholarship Award Winners Monday, January 20, 2020 The Sheraton Overland Park (6100 College Blvd.) Social—5:30 p.m. Dinner—6:00 p.m. Program—7:00 p.m. Reservations $75.00 The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Committee, along with the NAACP REPRESENTING OLATHE, OVERLAND PARK, AND LEAWOOD, KANSAS announces its’ sixteenth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner. This is the largest Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Johnson County. This year’s Legacy Award recipient is Garmin. For decades, Garmin has pioneered the integration of GPS technology into wireless navigation devices and consumer wearables for people who live an active lifestyle. Founded in Olathe, Kansas, Garmin has grown to become a global, lifestyle brand with products serving five primary markets including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. Garmin employs more than 14,000 associates worldwide of which nearly 4,000 associates work in the Kansas City area. In 2019, Garmin ranked among the top five on Forbes list of America’s Best Large Employers and ranked as the No. 1 employer in the state of Kansas. Garmin recognizes the importance of being involved in the communities where their associates live and work and has long supported the Greater Kansas City United Way and its partner agencies. This year, Garmin received the United Way’s Pinnacle Award in recognition of its leadership in corporate philanthropy and community engagement. Garmin is also a strong advocate for STEM education and provides numerous opportunities for students and teachers to learn about careers and opportunities in the tech industry. Throughout the evening, we will also feature student essay scholarship winners reading their essays honoring Dr. King’s legacy. Following is a description of the theme for this year’s essays. This year’s theme is “Courageous Leadership.” The theme for this year was inspired by the following quote: “Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.” In addition to the Legacy Award, we are honoring individuals with our Diversity Advocate Awards to recognize people in specific fields who have shown leadership and distinction in promoting respect for diversity. AWARDS Diversity Advocate in Government: Troy Schulte, City Manager of Kansas City, Missouri Diversity Advocate in Law Enforcement: Byron Roberson, Patrol Division Commander and Deputy Chief of the Prairie Village Police Department Diversity Advocate in Media: Glen Rice, The Kansas City Star Who will be the winner of the Hero of Diversity Award this year? The winner of this award is kept a secret until the night of the dinner! Other surprise announcements will be made at the dinner!! Please direct any questions to Kristie E. Lyons of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Committee at [email protected] or 913-912-7195. Please make your reservation check to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Committee and mail to P.O. Box 7112, Overland Park, KS 66207. RSVP BY NOVEMBER 30, 2019 You may RSVP by e-mail to [email protected] or fax: 913-912-7198. Please mail your payment to: Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Committee P.O. Box 7112 Overland Park, KS 66207 Names of those attending and organization

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Sheraton Overland Park, Overland Park
6100 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 66211
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