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MLK Rosa Parks

The NAACP Salt Lake Branch 40th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Commemoration

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Theme: Thriving Together

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Monday, January 15, 2024

Reception: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45

Luncheon: 12:00 noon

Little America Hotel Ballroom
500 South Main
Salt Lake City, Utah


Make reservations by calling (801) 250-5088, email jdwnaacp@att.net or pay online:

Payments can be mailed to:

NAACP Salt Lake Branch

P.O. Box 25414

Salt Lake City, UT 84125-0414


 RSVP by January 10

$125.00 Individual Ticket

$1,000.00 Table of Eight

$50.00 for Youth Under 10

Tel: (801) 250-5088, Fax: (801) 250-5111

Or email: jdwnaacp@att.net 

Mark Glover


Mark D. Glover

Mark D. Glover, President & CEO, Aligned Strategies & Partnerships, LLC., Orlando, Fl.
A senior executive with a rare combination of leadership experience in business development, strategy, operations, finance, and technology.

Mark D. Glover, an alumnus of Howard University, is a distinguished senior executive. He is the Founder and CEO of Aligned Strategies & Partnerships, LLC which is a professional services firm, servicing public and private sector clients throughout the United States and the Caribbean.

For more than 30 years he has provided management consultancy to professional service industries and nonprofits organizations — including INROADS, the largest nonprofit committed to career and leadership development of underrepresented youth across America. It is this work that is helping to expand the INROADS College Links Program, which supports the leadership development of underrepresented high school students in more than 15 markets in Americaincluding Salt Lake City.

In addition to his career as a management consultant, Mark has spent more than 20 years serving as a c-suite leader for startup companies, and growth-stage firms. His background in finance, sales, strategic planning, and marketing has been essential to these companies — each of which were established to make professional services companies more proficient in navigating the complexities of diverse business environments.

At every level of Mark’s career, he has harnessed the power of execution, and remained a resultsoriented leader. This commitment has allowed him to consistently deliver results as a consultant, COO and CEO.

Beyond his corporate achievements, Mark has actively engaged with various religious organizations, collaborating closely with the leadership of the AME Church and the Museum of the Bible.

As a civic leader, Mark is a life member of the prestigious Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, the oldest Greek-lettered organization founded for undergraduate Black college students in America.

Additionally, Mark is married to Dr. Shelley Glover and they have a daughter Mia Glover that reside in Windermere, FL.

James Yapias

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award Recipient

James E. Yapias

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award will be presented to James E. Yapias
Senior Director for Salt Lake City School District Development Office and Salt Lake Education Foundation.

James Yapias is an accomplished educator dedicated to implementing research-based school reform initiatives that empower teachers, students, and their families. With a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Minor in Spanish, a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling, and an Administrative degree with an emphasis on supervision, James brings a wealth of knowledge of the field.

His educational journey includes endorsements and certificates in English as a Second Language and Special Education. James has played a pivotal role as a turnaround Principal in several low-performing Title I schools, contributing significantly to the improvement of student performance.

In addition to his work in school administration, James has conducted extensive research and development, leading to the implementation of a basic curriculum of cultural competence. This curriculum has been utilized in the Utah Juvenile Justice System, Department of Public Safety, and Division of Child and Family services. 

James has held various roles in the Salt Lake City School District, including Assistant Principal at East High School, Assistant Principal at Northwest Middle School, and Principal at both M. Lynn Bennion Elementary and Bryant Middle School. Currently he serves as the Senior Director of Development Office for Salt Lake City School District and Salt Lake Education Foundation. James continues to make significant contributions to education and community development.

Liz Owens

The Rosa Parks Award Recipient

Liz Owens

The Rosa Parks Award will be presented to Liz Owens CEO of YWCA Utah.

Liz Owens has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Utah, since April 2020. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) and has dedicated her career to gender and racial justice. Owens has expertise in domestic violence and the effects of trauma on individuals and families and approaches her work through the lens of understanding the intersecting issues and dimensions of identity. Liz has taught sociology, social inequality, and program planning courses at Utah Valley University, Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College. In addition, she previously worked at Women in Prison (London, UK), the Utah Pride Center, the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, and the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and has served on many boards and in volunteer positions in the community.
A native of Provo, Utah, Owens earned her Bachelor of Science at Utah Valley University and her Master of Arts in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. She was a visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a sought-after presenter and instructor.

Surae Chinn

Mistress of Ceremonies

Surae Chinn

Creative and useful DIYs, brilliant cooking hacks, and unique recipes, plus the trendiest topics at the table… Surae Chinn brings it all five days a week as a full-time host of ‘Good Things Utah.’ ABC4’s live, two-hour, daily lifestyle show is where Surae shares the above along with important, worldly issues, giving a diverse voice and perspective to the community.

Surae joined ‘Good Things Utah’ in June of 2019 after transitioning from the 4:00 pm ABC4 News Anchor position, which she began on August 1, 2016. Surae shared her dedication to health and medicine as ABC4’s Health and Medical Correspondent from 2016-2021, leaving a lasting impression and reminder to always ‘be your own advocate.’

This award-winning journalist came to us here in Utah from WUSA9 (CBS) in Washington, D.C., where she served as the fill-in anchor and reporter. Prior to that, Surae worked in Kansas City, Missouri as the weekend morning anchor. She was also the weekend anchor in Lynchburg, Virginia at WSET-TV (ABC), where she received an Edward R. Murrow award for her coverage and 30-minute special on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and an Associated Press award for ‘Best Documentary.’

First Responders Awards Will Be Presented During The Program:
First Responders Awards, established in 2017, will be presented for outstanding community service, actions of valor on or off duty or exemplary law enforcement service. This award is presented to Police, Fire and EMS for saving a life, helping someone in need or community service.

NAACP Scholarship Donors:
NAACP Scholarships: CHG Healthcare, CR England, Gordon & Connie Hanks, Hires Big H, Larry H. Miller Company, Ben & Liliana Dilts, Brian Barnard Law School Scholarship, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless Scholarship and Smith’s Food and Drug will be presented to Utah High School and College Students.