The Utah Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission recognized Ogden during the MLK Freedom Breakfast at the Marshall White Community Center for the City’s work promoting diversity, equity and human rights.
The Ogden City Council and Council Executive Director Bill Cook received the MLK Jr. Drum Major award for building upon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy through community engagement, outreach and partnership creation. This is the first time the award has been presented to a City Council.
Ogden has made significant strides to build a more inclusive, engaged and welcoming community. The Mayor’s Office of Diversity Affairs was created in 2015 for this purpose, and in an emotionally charged City Council meeting on September 13, 2016, the community came together for the adoption of the Ogden Diversity Charter and the approval of the creation of the Ogden Diversity Commission.
The Ogden Diversity Charter is the result of many large and small group meetings that have been held during the past three years to establish a collaborative connection between the City, individuals, institutions and organizations working toward meeting the needs of our diverse communities. It is intended to be a living framework to help build a community that thrives on the trust, equity and interdependency of Ogden’s diverse communities.
The City is interviewing candidates to fill the Diversity Commission. An announcement of the new commissioners is expected soon.
You can watch a short video on the Ogden Diversity Charter Signing Event: https://youtu.be/oDONrep0uNQ, and get more information on the Diversity Charter by visiting Ogden’s Diversity Affairs webpage: http://www.ogdencity.com/en/government/mayor/Diversity%20Affairs.aspx.