Interim Chief French to deliver keynote at MLK Jr. commemoration

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Richmond Police Chief Bisa French (Photo by Mike Kinney)

Richmond Interim Police Chief Bisa French is set to deliver the keynote speech at Contra Costa County’s 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The free public event, which celebrates the legacy of Dr. King and recognizes adult and student humanitarians from the community, will occur at 11 a.m. in the the County’s Board Chambers at 651 Pine St. in Martinez.

In her keynote speech, Interim Chief French, the first woman of color to lead RPD, and also the youngest, will share her perspectives on Dr. King’s legacy, organizers said.

Also, Tamisha Walker of Richmond, a community organizer and founding member and executive director of Safe Return Project that assists formerly incarcerated individuals, will be recognized as Adult Humanitarian of the Year.

Christina Mazzi, a senior at Concord High, founder of Project Women of Color, will be recognized as Student Humanitarian of the Year.

The program includes entertainment from students from Contra Costa School of Performing Arts and soloist Linda Jackson. After the commemoration, a free buffet lunch will take place in the Board Chambers. To learn more about this community event, visit here.

This year’s theme is “We Are in This Together.”

“In Dr. King’s words, ‘Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve.’ We honor those who serve with distinction and grace,” Board Chair Supervisor Candace Andersen said.