The eighth annual Hendricks County Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Plainfield Friends Meeting, 105 S. East St., near the corner of U.S. 40 and old State Road 267.
Pat Payne, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at this year's event.
Payne is director of the Crispus Attucks Center, which includes the Office of Multicultural Education for the Indianapolis Public Schools and the Crispus Attucks Museum. Her employment with IPS began in 1962 as an elementary classroom teacher and she served in that position until 1987 when she was appointed to create the center and become its director.
She is the founding president of the Indiana chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Payne is a member of the Indiana chapter of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, and producer and host of the cable television show "Multicultural Points and Perspectives." She also serves as an educational consultant to school districts, organizations, and museums including the Cincinnati-based Underground Railroad Freedom Curriculum Project, the Family Advocacy Center, AmeriCorps, the Hoosier Girl Scout Council, and Indiana State University.
Payne has received many awards and accolades, including Teacher of the Year, Black Woman of the Year, NAACP Education Award, Indianapolis Education Association's Human Rights Award, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award.
The King Day celebration is sponsored by the Hendricks County Alliance for Diversity. For more information, call Sam Carman at 892-4239 or visit the website at hcad.weebly.com.