Community Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet

Date: 1/22/2017
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Electric Park Ballroom, 310 W. Conger, Waterloo

Rescheduled from January 15, 2017.

  • 5:00pm Social
  • 5:30pm Dinner

Keynote address

Cassandra Hart, Lead Teacher at Lowell Elementary, Waterloo Community School District
Mrs. Cassandra Hart has been involved in education for more than 16 years. She is a native of Waterloo and a graduate of Columbus High School.  She earned her associate degree at Hawkeye Community College. She continued her studies at the University of Northern Iowa, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in K-12 educational principalship.

Mrs. Hart began her career in the Waterloo Community School District, teaching second grade for 12 years. She is currently lead teacher at Lowell Elementary School, working as part of the school’s leadership team to build leaders and a strong foundation for students, families, and colleagues. Her dedication and passion are evident in her relationships with students and families as she advocates for their success and empowers them to achieve their goals.

She serves on many committees, holds numerous leadership roles, and has facilitated various workshops and professional development trainings. She was given the unique opportunity to teach summer school at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center under the direction of Mary Theroith, where she learned what dreams were made of through the eyes of young people.

Mrs. Hart has been active in her community since an early age. She began volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club teaching reading and writing after school, and worked with different youth groups throughout the community. She is an active member of Antioch Baptist Church, where she sings in the choir and works with the youth and the Children’s Choir. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an organization of college-educated women committed to public service with a focus on the Black community.

She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the R.J. McElroy Trust Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching and Multicultural Educator of Excellence Award in 2007, and “A Phenomenal Woman” award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center of Hawkeye Community College in 2008. She is married to the Honorable Quentin Hart, Sr., mayor of Waterloo, and they have three lovely children: Quentin Jr., Quenden, and Halayah.  She is devoted to her profession, her faith, her family, and her community.


$20/person age 18 and under

RSVP by Tuesday, January 10, 2017, to or 319-296-4002.

Hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Center of Hawkeye Community College and the African-American Heritage League.

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