INDEPENDENCE, MO — (01-17-22) — The keynote speaker for the Independence’s Martin Luther King Celebration on Monday will be Kylar Broadus, a Black transgender American who is a noted attorney, speaker and activist for LGBTQ rights.

A native of Fayette, Missouri, Broadus has received several awards and recognitions for his decades of work on behalf of the LGBT community.

The MLK Celebration is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Truman Memorial Building located at 416 W Maple Ave in Independence, MO (Map It).

The theme of the MLK Event will be “Where do we go from here?”, marking the 35th year of the annual event, which is co-hosted by the city of Independence and the Community of Concerned Citizens.

Broadus was awarded in 2019 with the Trans Trailblazer Award by the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles. In 2019, Mastercard featured him for their Pride Month campaign.

Kylar Broadus also made nationwide headlines in 2014 when he stood with President Barack Obama as Obama signed an executive order adding protections for millions of workers.

The MLK Celebration taking place tonight will include musical performances, and the winning essay of the annual John Olivarez Scholarship essay contest will be presented.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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