2021 MLK Day Virtual Celebration – “Strength To Hope”


2021 MLK Day Virtual Celebration

Each year Tyler Together Race Relations Forum is honored to sponsor the Community-Wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.  Due to our current Covid Virus environment, it was decided hold a Virtual Celebration in partnership with our Community Partner, Dr. Pamela J. Phoenix and “Let’s Talk Tyler”.

Our 2021 MLK Theme:   “Strength to Hope”. 


Our Theme is Based upon this quote;

“Social progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless effort and the persistent work of dedicated individuals.” (from Dr. King’s Martin Luther King, Jr.”American Dream” Speech at Lincoln University, June 6th, 1961)

 This year’s Celebration will consist of three parts that will be broadcast on our Community Partner, Let’s Talk Tyler’s FB Page

  1. A prerecorded video portion with our traditional greetings.  (~30 minutes) 

  2. A Zoom Panel Discussion with nine (9) community members (~45-60 minutes).  This interactive session is the portion for the community to submit comments. 

  3. A prerecorded video with Award, Recognitions and Announcements.

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2021 Rev. Jerome R. Milton Award Honoree – Trude Lamb

Tyler Together Race Relations Forum is pleased to announce the recipient of our 2021 REV. JEROME R. MILTON AWARD FOR NON-VIOLENT SOCIAL CHANGE is: Trude Lamb.

Trude Lamb is the daughter of the late Augustine Foe and Thomas Adzrago of Mafi America and granddaughter of Patience Foe of the Volta Region of Ghana, Africa. She resides with Laura Owens (2nd mom) and Nathan Singley (step-father) of Tyler, TX. She immigrated with her younger brother Felix to the United States from Ghana in 2014.  Her brothers Evans, Magnus, Gabriel, and Daniel Foe live in Ghana and keep the family-village appraised of their sister’s successes in America.  

Last year as a Robert E. Lee High School sophomore, Trude was a District 6-A champion track and cross country runner.  She loved and enjoyed participating in her sport, but as the issue of changing the school’s name heated up again in Tyler, she decided she had to take a stand.  Trude wrote to ask that the TISD board, to “change the name, not to ‘Tyler LEE’ but after someone who we can all be proud of.” 

Click Here to Learn More about Trude

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2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest

Again, Tyler Together Race Relations Forum is honored to sponsor our 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest.  This annual event is open to All 6th – 12th grade students from a Smith County School. Entries must be received no later than close of business on Friday, January 29, 2021.Click Here for more 2021 Essay Contest details.

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