Organizers for the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Day dinner have planned this year’s event to be “a vision for equity and inclusion.” The Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society hosts the dinner Monday Jan. 20, 2020 at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno. The public is invited to attend, joining community and civic leaders at the event.
A silent auction kicks off the evening at 5 p.m., followed by the dinner featuring keynote speaker Adjutant General Ondra Berry of the Nevada Air National Guard. Gen. Berry is a local favorite selected because of his ability to “challenge us to be the best we can for our community and ourselves,” according to event organizer and NNBCAS president Rob Jackson. The first African American general in the state of Nevada and the first to command all service members of the Nevada Air and Army National Guards, Gen. Berry is also the founding president of NNBCAS.
Tickets for the event are $85 for individuals. Table sponsorships are available and start at $850. All proceeds from the event support the NNBCAS scholarship fund. The dinner is the group’s largest fundraiser of the year.
For more information visit https://www.nnbcas.org/events-programs/mlk-celebration-dinner/
Correction: The dinner’s original keynote speaker Dr. Jamie R. Riley had to be rescheduled. The new keynote speaker is Adjutant General Ondra Berry.
Don Dike-Anukam is a Reno native attending college in northern Nevada. He has been involved in activist politics for 15 years on and off, and has been involved in multiple campaigns in multiple positions in that time. He also was a college radio political, news, and talk-show host covering a range of stories from hostage standoffs, fires, interviews, and public speeches.