2021 Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

In lieu of the annual birthday breakfast and program at the Grand River Center, the celebration was held LIVE in a virtual format. Join as Rev. Tim Bees interviews select past recipients of the Ruby Sutton Award (formerly NAACP First Humanitarian Award) on their thoughts on diversity issues in our community:

Meet the speakers >>

2021 MLK Celebration Speaker Anthony AllenAnthony Allen

Behavior Liaison, Dubuque Community School District
President, Dubuque Branch of NAACP

2012 Ruby Sutton Award Recipient


2021 MLK Celebration Speaker Ernest JacksonErnest Jackson

Owner, Ernest Jackson Painting LLC
Former Operations Manager, John Deere

2016 Ruby Sutton Award Recipient


2021 MLK Celebration Speaker Kelly LarsonKelly Larson

Human Rights Director, City of Dubuque

2005 Ruby Sutton Award Recipient


2021 MLK Celebration Speaker Donna LoewenDonna Loewen

Coordinator, Dubuque College Access Network

2015 Ruby Sutton Award Recipient


2021 MLK Celebration Speaker Ernestine MossErnestine Moss

Retired, Iowa Department of Human Services
Past President, Dubuque Branch of NAACP

1992 Ruby Sutton Award Recipient


2021 MLK Celebration Speaker Kate ZangerKate Zanger

Vice President for Student Life, Clarke University

2003 Ruby Sutton Award Recipient