20th annual Ottumwa MLK Celebration held at Indian Hills Community College

Indian Hills Community College and Ottumwa High School honored Dr. King today with a joint celebration in IHCC's St. John Auditorium.

The annual event is in its 20th year and pays homage to the peaceful message Dr. King is known for.

"I think it's very important to pay tribute to Dr. King because of his non-violence message," said MLK Celebration Co-Chair Jennifer Boyenga. "The message of peace, hope, and love that endures across the ages and throughout time is so important for us to remember."

The event kicked off with the presentation of the colors by the Ottumwa JROTC Color Guard.

Congressman Dave Loebsack then presented an opening statement with a brief message about Dr. King.

A variety of ensemble groups from both Indian Hills and Ottumwa High School performed several vocal pieces and choral numbers in tribute to Dr. King's message and life.

Indian Hills drama students also read famous quotes from Dr. King during the hour-long program.