ANTIOCH -- Community and school district members are preparing for what is becoming a highly anticipated tradition -- a celebration of the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Antioch Unified School District, the city and other community partners will host the fifth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at Deer Valley High's theater, 4700 Lone Tree Way.

Festivities include a keynote address from Sylvester Henderson, music department chair at Los Medanos College, along with performances by gospel recording artist Alfreda Lyons-Campbell and comedian Lenard Jackson.

Students will also perform at the event.

Antioch's celebration began in 2009 when then-councilman Reggie Moore created an event to celebrate King's historical contributions and help future generations with a scholarship for high school and middle school students.

Mayor Wade Harper continued the event after being elected in 2010.

Interested students must turn in scholarship applications to the district office, 510 G Street, by 4 p.m. Jan. 15. Applications are available at http://art4antioch.org/MLKScholarship.asp.

For more information about the event, visit http://art4antioch.org/MLK-Program. asp.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.

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