Chancellor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon

The Metropolitan Community College Foundation presents:
2024 Chancellor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon
Friday, January 12, 2024

Loews Kansas City Hotel
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Community America Credit Union

Thank you to CommunityAmerica Credit Union for being the 2024 Presenting Sponsor of the Chancellor's Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon.

Martin Luther King III, 2024 Keynote Speaker 

Martin Luther King III, Keynote Speaker

Civil rights advocate and global humanitarian Martin Luther King III is shepherding the healing of our nation and the world, connecting the important lessons of the past with the critical needs of our future and motivating a new generation of authentic leaders. As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III is a thought leader on the world stage, a peacemaker, and a negotiator on some of today’s most critical national and international platforms for social change. Amplifying the work of his father, Mr. King has devoted his life to promoting global human rights and eradicating racism, violence, and poverty.

An experienced and respected international statesman who has consulted with numerous heads of state and governments, his dedication to implementing strategic, nonviolent solutions to stop the rise of social, political, and economic injustice has built his reputation as one of the world’s most passionate advocates for the poor and oppressed. In his trademark logical approach to problem-solving, Mr. King raises the public discourse on social issues and challenges us all to do better. “If we can live a day in peace, why can’t we live a week in peace? If we can live a week in peace, why can’t we live a month? If we can live a month, why not a year? And if we can achieve a year, why not a lifetime?”

Most recently, Martin and Arndrea have taken over leadership of the Drum Major Institute, a nonprofit organization started over 60 years ago. The Drum Major Institute has built a reputation advancing the core mission and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With a focus on continuing the King legacy through education, action, engagement with world leaders, and collaboration with socially conscious organizations, the work of the Drum Major Institute is as important today as it was then, inspiring each individual to embrace their unique contribution to peace, justice, and equity for all through common-sense solutions to our most pressing problems.


Lisa Ginter, CEO, CommunityAmerica Credit Union

Lisa Ginter, CEO, Community America Credit Union

Metropolitan Community College is honored to feature an engaging conversation between Lisa Ginter, CEO of CommunityAmerica Credit Union, and American Civil Rights Leader, Mr. Martin Luther King III at the 2024 Luncheon. The conversation will be centered around Mr. King’s continuation of his family’s legacy and work for equality, the current state of the American civil rights movement, and what business and civic leaders in the Greater Kansas City Area can do to Be Part of The Dream.

Lisa Ginter is a celebrated leader in Kansas City as both the CEO of CommunityAmerica Credit Union and an influential figure in the business, civic and philanthropic community. In 2024, she is serving as Chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Her leadership positions have led to significant advancements throughout the region, most importantly across the local non-profit and educational landscape. Widely recognized nationally as a leader and champion for the credit union movement, Lisa is Chair of Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

MCC wishes to thank CommunityAmerica Credit Union for providing the 2024 Presenting Dream Maker Sponsorship.


Kevin Holmes, 2024 Event Emcee

Kevin Holmes, Moderator

Kevin Holmes is the Evening News Anchor / Reporter for KSHB -TV.  Kevin has nearly 20 years - experience and a 4-time Emmy Winning Journalist. In 2021 and 2022 he received a Mid-America Regional News Emmy Award for Best Anchor. And 2022 Missouri Broadcasters Association Best Anchor Winner. 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. Mentoring kids in the Kansas City Public School District as well as working with the Urban Ranger Corps in Kansas City. In 2021 Kevin spearheaded and chaired a campaign called Gift of Sole, that raised nearly $50,000 to purchase 800 shoes for underserved children in Kansas City. And more than $100,000 in year two, helping 1,600 children.

Kevin is a native of Chicago. He’s reported and anchored at news stations in Flint, Michigan, Memphis, Tennessee, Raleigh, North Carolina and Savannah Georgia. Kevin 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.


Bob Kendrick, Alvin Brooks Kansas Citian Inspiration Award

Bob Kendrick

This award is given to an everyday Kansas Citian recognizing their good works and dedication to community betterment by promoting the values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Since 2011, Mr.  Kendrick has served as the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America.

MCC is proud to present this prestigious award to Mr. Kendrick for his commitment to the Greater Kansas City community.


Metropolitan Community College is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Ryan Morehead, 816.604.1901 to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, III

All attendees at the 2024 Chancellor's Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Luncheon will receive a copy of Martin Luther King, III's book, My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This book will commemorate the day's occasion for all attendees. Your copy will be yours to keep or share with a child or family in the community.

A special thanks to the Kansas City Royals organization for the their sponsorship and partnership at the year's event.

Kansas City Royals

Become a sponsor

Due to the overwhelming response from businesses and individuals across the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the 2024 Chancellor's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon is now sold out.

On behalf of the MCC Foundation, thank you Kansas City!


2024 Sponsors


Freedom Sponsorship Level


UMB Bank McCown Gordon
Kauffman Foundation Carter Broadcast Group



Peace Sponsorship Level



The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State
Celebration Commission

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John and Marny

Health Forward Foundation


Hope Sponsorship Level 

5 Star Tax Business Solutions
Google Fiber
Univeristy Health
Campus Works
Kissick Construction


Love Sponsorship Level 

American Century Investments
Sumner One
Kansas City Public School KCPS
JE Dunn Construction
Childrens Mercy Hospital


Kansas City Union Station
Husch Blackwell
REACH Healthcare Foundation


Chamberlain University
Swope Health
Negro League Baseball Museum
Bankof America
RC Royals and Associates
Kansas City Economic Development Corporation


Transformational Sponsorship Level


Ad Astra

Arvest Bank




Child Abuse Prevention Association's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Council

Civic Council of Greater Kansas City


Downtown Council of Kansas City

ECCO Select 

Excel Global Partners


Fenaroli & Associates 





Full Employment Council 

Great Jobs KC

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Guadalupe Centers

Harvest Christian School

High Aspirations

Hollis + Miller Architects

Jackson County Government

James and Tammy Edwards

Kansas City Area Development Council

Kansas City G.I.F. T

Kansas City University

KU, KU Medical Center & KU Edwards Campus

MarkOne Electric

Mid Continent Public Library

Missouri House Democrats 

NAIC - National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Port KC


Prep2Prepared, LLC

Sandra Price

Saint Luke's Health System 

T-Mobile Center

Taliaferro & Browne

The Hope Center KC

Truman Heartland Community Foundation


UMKC - Kansas City Athletics 

Unite Private Networks

Visit KC

Women Who Mean Business Alumni