Join us as we come together as a community in order to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Keynote Speaker: Justin Green
Justin Green is in his eighth season at his alma mater coaching the running backs and serving as the Grizzlies’ recruiting coordinator. He began his college career at San Diego State, where he redshirted in 2000, and he lettered for the Aztecs in 2001. The following year Green transferred to San Diego Mesa College where he was team captain and co-MVP, rushing for 874 yards and 7 TDs, and was also the JC Gridwire All-America honorable mention. San Diego Mesa College he played Green had a stellar two-year career at running back at Montana in 2003 and 2004. He rushed for 1,784 career yards in his two seasons at Montana, which ranks him 11th in school history. As a junior, he rushed for 1,146 yards and 14 touchdowns, and was chosen the Big Sky “Newcomer of the Year.” Drafted in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens in 2005, Green enjoyed a four-year career in the NFL. He played three seasons at fullback for the Ravens and then played one year for the Arizona Cardinals for one season.
We in Missoula are honored to call land inhabited from time immemorial by the Salish, Pend d’Oreilles, and Blackfoot people our home. As such, we begin our Community Celebration by honoring our land and reflecting on our land’s history. This reflection this year is led by Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Council Representative, Myrna Dumontier of Arlee.
Myrna Dumontier was born in Superior, Montana and attended schools in Arlee where she graduated from Arlee High School in 1974. She worked in various fields, including as a medical aid, firefighter, fire lookout, an addictions counselor, a prevention specialist, and a cultural specialist. Myrna went back to school and earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work with an emphasis on addiction treatment from the University of Montana in 2005. She completed an internship at St. Patrick’s Hospital as a medical social worker. Before joining Council in 2018 to represent the Arlee District, she had worked as the Cultural Coordinator for the CSKT Early Childhood Services Department for 10 years. Myrna is also a certified outfitter guide, mother to one and grandmother to four children. Her husband is Greg Dumontier. She also enjoys exploring the Bob Marshall Wilderness and discovering cultural sites.
Andre Floyd is as singer/ songwriter who grew up all over the world. From Maine to Panama, from Montana to Mississippi, Andre has performed all over the world. In 2017, Andre was asked to write the new music for “To Kill A Mockingbird” and to play the preacher in the University of Montana’s production of Harper Lee’s classic in China. So, it’s safe to say he has reached most of the world with his music and civic leadership! From Beijing to Qigong Floyd performed the award-winning play. He has been the special musical guest at Missoula’s MLK jr’s celebration 5 years and counting.
Community Choir directed by Dr. Christopher Hahn: Dr. Christopher Hahn maintains a multifaceted career as pianist, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and author. He has been featured as soloist and collaborative artist throughout North America and Europe and has performed in Carnegie Hall—Weill Recital Hall, the Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt, Austria, The Music Gallery in Toronto, and at institutions such as Northwestern University, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Stanford University. He had the honor of performing for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the Metropolitan Opera’s Leona Mitchell. Dr. Hahn studied choral conducting with Noel Edison and Jonathan Reed and has worked with Anton Armstrong, Barrie Cabena and Dennis Schrock. He has toured with various choirs throughout Europe as director, pianist, and ensemble member. Dr. Hahn currently serves as the Director of the Chancel Choir at University Congregational Church in Missoula. Dr. Hahn has released a recording of a commissioned work for two pianos and percussion by David Maslanka on the Albany Records label, is a clinician for the Frederick Harris Music Company, and is a published author with Alfred Music. He is a Professor of Piano and Chair of the Keyboard Division at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Eden Atwood (pictured), Makenna Alick, and Simone Fielding:
Eden Atwood began her music career at age 19 when she moved to Chicago, IL. She was quickly signed to the Concord label and produced four fine recordings. Eden also worked as a television actor and model, but singing jazz was always her primary passion. Eden returned to Montana in 1998 and began a social work career alongside her private studio practice for singers. Eden has produced 13 recordings under her own name and has been a featured guest on several more recordings and compilations. Eden has also been an outspoken activist for the rights of children born with intersex traits and their families. Eden currently lives in Missoula with her teenage son, Ben, and works as a clinical social worker in her own practice.
Makenna Alick is a 16-year-old high school junior at Hellgate High School. Makenna is a former student of Eden’s. She is a prolific songwriter and recently won Zootown Idol singing Stevie Wonder’s Ma Cherie Amour.
Simone Fielding is a 14-year-old freshman at Hellgate High School. She has been a student of Eden’s for six years. Simone enjoys singing and playing ukulele and guitar and as a passion for crafting.