Year: About the Celebration:
1983 Council for a Greater Pomona held the ist MLK Celebration with keynote speaker,
Dr. Charlie Knight
Superintendent of Lynwood School District. 1984 The Second Celebration was held.
1985 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Wymood Carson, professor.
1986 The fourth celebration was held.
1987 Keynote speaker Reverend Chuck Singleton from Loveland Church in Fontana.
1988 Keynote speaker DonJackson, Hawthorne Police Officer.
1989 Keynote speaker Reverend David Hurst
1990 Collaborative event with the Safe in My Brother's Arms Training Corps (SIMBA).
1991 The Pomona Valley Human Relations Council collaborated with services at St. Joseph Catholic Church in
Pomona and the Community Center in San Dimas.
1992 Keynote speaker Rev. Chuck Singleton of Loveland Church in Rancho Cucamonga. The Pomona Valley
Human Relations Council hosted the event
1993 Theme "Learning A New: The Message of the Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr." with keynote speaker Reverend
Chuck Singleton. This was the first year with the Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Awards were given and there were sponsorships.
1994 Theme "Living the Dream".
1995 Theme "Moving Towards the Dream: Youth Organizing for the Betterment of Community."
1996 Theme 'Building A Non-Violent Community" with keynote speaker Dr. Ivan Walks MD.
1997 Theme "Let Justice Roll Down...Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.", keynote speaker Dr. Karen
Baker-Fletcher,Asst. Pro. of Theology & Culture at the Claremont School of Theology.
1998 Theme "The Audacity to believe Fulfilling Basic Human Needs Through EconomicJustice".
1999 Theme "A Vision of Humanity Enduing Toward A World of Peace & Harmony" with keynote speaker
Reverend Eva Duncan, Sr. Pastor at Quinn AME Church in Jefferson City, Missouri.
2000 Theme "Building Bridges for a Culture of Peace" with keynote speaker Reverend Daniel F Romero of the
Southern California/Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ.
2002 Theme "Move with Dignity & Discipline, Using Only the Weapon of Love" with keynote speaker
Dominique DiPrima, Radio Talk Show Host for 100.3.
2003 Theme "Shaping the Dream: A Time for Vigorous & Positive Action" with keynote speaker Rev. Lewis
Young, Sr. Pastor at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.
2004 Theme "Anybody Can Serve" with keynote speaker, Rev. Larold (Larr•) Schulz, from Pilgrim Place
Resident, who was a former classmate of Martin Luther King, Jr.
2005 Theme "Now is the Time" with keynote speaker Reverend William Tyler from Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church in Pomona.
2006 "Revitalizing the Spirit" with speaker Shelia Spencer, writer, poet, elementary School teacher in LA Unified
2007 25th Anniversary, keynote speaker Dr. Renford Reese, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director
of Colorful Flags Program at Cal Poly Pomona.
2008 Theme "Where Do We Go From Here?" with keynote speaker Pastor Dwight Peace from
South Hills Presbyterian Church in Pomona.
2009 Theme "Youth...Investing in our Future" with keynote speaker Ariel Sweet, student at the University of
2010 Theme "One Voice, One Dream...Honoring Grassroots Visionaries" with keynote speaker Dr. Stephen
Morgan, President, University of La Verne.
2011 Theme "Racism, the Media, and the 21st Century" with keynote speaker Michael AjakweJr., Creator-Writer
2012 30th Anniversar•Theme "Keeping the Dream Alive" with keynote speaker Reverend Charles Lee-Johnson.
2013 Theme "Preserving His Dream; Past, Present and Future" with keynote speaker Dr. Jose Calderon-Emeritus, Professor in Sociology and Chicano Studies at Pitzer College.
2014 Theme "Remembering the Man Reviving the Dream. Keynote speaker Dr. Edward Bush, Vice President of student services at Riverside City College.
2015 Theme "Celebrating Freedom, Humanity, & Unity. Keynote Speaker Rosemary Radford Ruether
2016 Theme" Courage: The Pathway to Justice", Keynote Speaker, Dr. Devorah Lieberman President University of La Verne
2017 Theme " Continuing to Strive for Equality, Then and Now", Keynote Speaker, Farrell J. Chiles, Author and Historian
2018 Theme ' Difficult Times Makes Us a Stronger Community", Keynote Speaker, Dr. Soraya M. Coley, President California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Theme “Out of the Mountain of Despair, There is a Stone of Hope” Keynote Speaker, Ron Bolding, Former CEO & President of Inter Valley Health Plan
Theme: “The Reverend Dr. King’s 20/20 Vision”
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lily Gossage, Cal Poly Pomona
Theme: "Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere"
Keynote Speaker: Kianna Webb