Gay rights advocates Earl Fowlkes and Clarence Fluker were among 15 people sworn in Monday night by Mayor Vincent Gray as members of the D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission.
Gray said the commission was created to help the city plan and organize events to commemorate the life and accomplishments of King on the occasion of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, which is celebrated this year on Jan. 20.
Fowlkes is chief executive officer of the Center for Black Equity, a national LGBT organization. Fluker is the communications and special initiatives director for the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism also known as Serve D.C. Gray named him as one of several D.C. government officials who will serve as ex-officio members of the King Holiday Commission.
“I am looking forward to the work ahead in creating and promoting programs designed to celebrate the tremendous life and legacy of Dr. King with the people of the District of Columbia,” Fluker told the Blade.
Fowlkes said he too is looking forward to helping plan and organize King holiday events. But he said that because the commission had been inactive for the past several years, with all of its seats vacant until Gray filled them with new appointees this month, it would likely be too late for the newly constituted commission to prepare events for this year’s King Day holiday on Jan. 20.