Tickets being sold for tribute dinner honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

GENESEE COUNTY – “Looking Back . . . Looking Forward . . . How Far Have We Come?” is the theme for the 37th Annual Citywide Tribute Dinner in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at the Riverfront Banquet Center. This year’s keynote address will be given by the Honorable Tracy Collier-Nix, of the 68th District Court, Flint.

Also this year, the first place winner of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest for students in grades 6 through 12, will have an opportunity to read his/her essay at the Tribute Dinner. The Essay Contest theme is “The Dream, How Far Have We Come?”

This event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 per person and $500 for sponsorship of a table of ten. All tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, Jan. 5, as limited seating is available. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling:

• The Foundation for Mott Community College at (810) 762-0425,

• Baker College of Flint at 810-766- 4282,

• Davenport University at 810-732- 9977

• The University of Michigan-Flint at 810-762-3169.

To order tickets via mail, make checks payable to the MLK Tribute Dinner and mail to: Foundation for Mott Community College, 1401 E. Court St., Flint, MI 48503.

Judge Tracy Collier-Nix is a Flint Native and graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School. A member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1976, Collier-Nix was the second African-American female to become a member of the Genesee County Bar Association. Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed her to the position of 68th District Court Judge in November 2007. She has been twice elected by the citizens of Flint to serve six-year terms in District Court. Over the course of her career Collier-Nix has developed an expertise in criminal law, civil rights and employment and labor law. She believes that public service is a spiritual as well as a career calling.

A strong proponent of the value of education, she is currently working to establish a GED Specialty Docket at 68th District Court to support and encourage the education of defendants.

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