The Northland’s 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is at 10:30 a.m. Monday at William Jewell College’s Gano Chapel.

The program will include an address by the Rev. Susan McCann, last year’s recipient of the Invictus Award for social justice. McCann is rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Liberty.

Before the Celebration a forum on “Race in the Northland” will be held in the Gano Assembly Hall beginning with a breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by the forum from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. It is free and open to the public.

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The Clay County African American Legacy Inc. (CCAAL Inc.) was founded in 2000 during the Kansas City 150th annual "Celebration of the Heart.” The primary focus of the organization is improving the quality of life for its citizens by educating adults, and especially youth, of the cultural diversity that exists in the Northland. 

In 2001, CCAAL Inc. raised funds to build a Freedom Fountain Monument in Liberty, Missouri, on the lawn of the old courthouse square, and in 2002 installed an a 8 x 10 ft. mural on the 3rd floor of the Administration Building, featuring African American pioneers businesses, schools and churches from the 1820’s to the present day.

CCAAL Inc. purchased Garrison School, established in 1877 to educate black youth of Liberty, from the Liberty School District in 2003. This permanent base of operation allows the organization to present ongoing programming for residents of Clay County and the Greater Kansas City metroplex.

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Clay County African American Legacy, Inc.
502 N. Water St. |  Liberty, MO  64068
Phone: 816-781-7918 |  Email:

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