The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, hosted by Neighbors United - Undoing Racism along with the Civic Engagement Committee at East Central College, will be held Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. at East Central College.

The event will be in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center.

All are invited to the celebration, which will feature keynote speaker Amy Hunter. Hunter is the manager of Diversity and Inclusion for St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She recently joined the organization after being the director of Racial Justice for the St. Louis YWCA. Currently, she is charged with leading diversity and inclusion strategies, implementation and measurement for the hospital.

Hunter has over 20 years of experience in the corporate, education and nonprofit community. She is known for “The Talk,” which was incorporated in her TEDx Talk “Lucky Zip Codes.” She has been widely published and has been seen on ABC, CNN, NBC and a host of other networks and heard on NPR and other media outlets. Hunter has three sons and a daughter and currently is working on her Ph.D. in the field of critical race theory.

Musical performances will also be featured, and the Church Women United will present their annual Human Rights Award. Light refreshments will follow.

Neighbors United - Undoing Racism has been an active group in the Franklin County area, well-known for their Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations that bring together church and social groups to celebrate and work toward King’s legacy of equality and community. Church groups and individuals from across the area have come together to strive to expand their reach into building relationships in the community.

The Civic Engagement and Social Justice Committee at East Central College, co-hosts of this year’s event, seeks to further civic action and social justice on and off campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Aimee Appell (Neighbors United chairperson and pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Washington) at or contact Leigh Kolb at