Chancellor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon

The Metropolitan Community College Foundation presents:
2023 Chancellor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon
Friday, January 13, 2023

Loews Kansas City Hotel  
11:30 a.m.

UMB Bank

Thank you to UMB Bank for being the 2023 Presenting Sponsor of the Chancellor's Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon.

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Thank you to the greater Kansas City community and beyond for the incredible response for this year's event. We are officially SOLD OUT of in-person tickets for the 2023 MCC Chancellor's Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon.

Virtual live stream tickets still remain available for those wishing to join us virtually from the comfort of your home or office. If you would like to purchase a virtual ticket, please see below. For more information, please contact the MCC Foundation 816.604.1195.

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Donna Brazile, Keynote Speaker

Donna Brazile, Keynote Speaker

Donna Brazile is a veteran political strategist and a New York Times bestseller. Ms. Brazile has devoted her life to working for progressive change, responsible governance, and the advancement of ALL people in a society that is fair and equitable. She first got involved in politics at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the playground was built, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Brazile has worked on every major presidential campaign since 1976 and, in 2000, she became the first African American woman to serve as the manager of a major party presidential campaign.

Ms. Brazile loves working with young people, encouraging them to vote, to run for office, and to work within the system to strengthen it. She has lectured at over 200 colleges and universities across the country on such topics as “Inspiring Civility in American Politics,” “Race Relations in the Age of Obama,” “Why Diversity Matters,” and “Women in American Politics.” Ms. Brazile was formerly a contributor to ABC News, CNN, and a syndicated newspaper columnist for Universal U’Click. Most recently she’s joined Fox News as a commentator. 

Ms. Brazile is the founder and director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC. At the 2023 Luncheon, she will speak on social justice FOR ALL. 

Kevin Holmes, Moderator

Kevin Holmes, Moderator
Kevin Holmes, is the evening news anchor and reporter for KSHB 41. Kevin has nearly 20 years of experience and is a 17-time Emmy nominated Journalist. In 2021, he received a Mid-America Regional News Emmy Award for Best Anchor. And in 2022, Kevin received the Missouri Broadcasters Association Best Anchor Award.

Under Kevin’s leadership the station received its first ever Missouri Broadcasters Association Award for Station of the Year. Kevin is the first black male anchor to be named to the 10 p.m. broadcast in Kansas City and is one half of the first all-black primary evening anchor team in Kansas City history. Kevin is an advocate for mentorship and he works with youth in the Kansas City Public School District as well as working with the Urban Ranger Corps. Kevin has spearheaded and chaired a campaign called Gift of Sole, that raised nearly $50,000 to purchase 800 pairs of shoes for underserved children in the city. Kevin is a native of Chicago, IL and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Lake Forest College. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.


2023 Sponsors

Dream Maker level sponsor

UMB Bank

Freedom level sponsor

Carter Broadcast Group
Community America Credit Union
McCown Gordon Construction

Peace level sponsors

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State of Missouri State Celebration Commission

Guadalupe Centers
Hardwick Law
Health Forward Foundation
Kaufmann Foundation
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority

Love level sponsors

American Century Investments
Black & Veatch
Civic Counsel of Greater KC
Five Star Tax & Business Solutions
Freedom Inc Forward
Girl Scouts of America
Heartland Black Camber of Commerce
Helix Archeitecture + Design
Husch Blackwell
JE Dunn
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
Sumner One
Union Station

Transformational level sponsors

Ad Astra
Arvest Bank
Bank of America
Black and Veatch - Legal Team
Legal Team
Downtown KC


James and Tammy Edwards

EGP Excel Global Partners
Full Employment Council
MOKan Goodwill
Harvest Church
Hollis and Miller Architects
The Hope Center of Kansas City
Kansas City Area Development Council
Kansas City Area Public Schools
Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Kansas City Royals
KC Scholars
Kansas City University
Marc One Electric


MCC Board of Trustees

Mid-America Regional Council
National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)
Northwest Missouri State University

Josh O'Brien

Prep2Prepared, LLC

RC Royals and Associates, LLC
School Smart KC

Taliaferro & Browne, Inc

Tension Envelope
Truman Heartland Community Foundation
University Health
University of Kansas
University of Missouri Kansas City
VZD Capital Management

Women Who Mean Business Alumni