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MLK Celebration - The Color of Our Lives

“The Color of Our Lives: An MLK Celebration”

Contact:  Janie Barnett •Director of Wagoner Public Library•   918-485-2126

Wagoner, OK…….The citizens of Wagoner invite you to join in their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.  The special public events are planned for Monday, January 21st.

     Scheduled activities to include an 11:00am - Traditional March / Parade from the intersection of Gertrude and Cherokee.  Parade will travel West on Cherokee and end at Semore Park in downtown Wagoner.  Immediately following the Parade there will be a praise ceremony with free coffee, hot chocolate and cookies provided.  The Celebration will then adjourn to the Wagoner HS Performing Arts Center for the All-Community Choir, youth speeches and guest speaker Jonita Ford Criddle.    Following the inspiring words of Ms. Criddle attendees will adjourn to the high school cafeteria for the “Cooking with Soul Cookoff.”  The Soul Food cook-off has become an annual favorite.  There are four categories Main and Side Dishes, Desserts and People’s Choice.  There is no registration fee and prizes are awarded.  Soul food is classified as any food that soothes your soul.  We encourage everyone to enter or sample the delicious food. 

     Larry Abernathy City Councilman and MLK Committee Chair reports “Each year our celebration has grown and we are excited about the plans for this year.  Our special speaker Ms. Criddle is a Wagoner native.  She is well known throughout the state for over 36 years as a special education teacher, Edison HS basketball coach, mentor and community volunteer. She was inducted into the Tulsa Public Schools Athletic Legends Hall of Fame in 2018.  We are looking forward to her message to the community.”

         The Monday Celebration will wrap up the MLK Celebration.  Wagoner Public Schools has hosted activities for all students including assemblies, art contests, coloring contests, speeches and interaction reading with community leaders and students. 

     Per Wagoner Mayor AJ Jones, “This has indeed been a community effort.  Representatives from the City of Wagoner, Wagoner Main Street, Wagoner Chamber of Commerce, Brighter Futures, Wagoner Public Schools, Ft. Gibson Lake Association, area churches, businesses and citizen volunteers continue to make this a special event to recognize and honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

     Registration information for the March/Parade, Cook-off can be found at or by contacting Samantha Call at 918-577-1772. 

     Everyone is invited to attend MLK “The Color of Our Lives” Celebration, January 21st, Wagoner, OK

beginning at 11:00a.  

“If you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl.   But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.    (College Speeches 1960)

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