Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy to be celebrated with weeklong commemoration

Posted January 09, 2018

"We wanted to put this event together to create a tangible yearly tradition to commemorate the dream of Martin Luther King Jr.", said Harold Wallace, assistant director of Student Diversity Programs in the Office of Student Diversity.

The principal chief noted in Monday's statement that King wrote about colonization and the injustices committed against indigenous peoples and asked Cherokee Nation citizens to dedicate a day of service to their communities. "I encourage Minnesotans to join on January 15, as we honor past civil rights leaders and renew our state's commitment to building a better future for all Minnesotans". Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m.in Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center and will be dispersed to various locations throughout the community.

Open House on the fourth floor of the Kankakee Public Library from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

Singers wanting to participate in the "Let Freedom Ring, Let Freedom Sing" concert that will be presented as part of the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Named after the late former Effingham County commissioner, the only African-American to serve in this position and one of the co-founders of the Effingham County Branch of the NAACP, the Homer L.Wallace Unity Breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m.at the Effingham County Recreation Department Community Room, 808 Hwy 119 South, Springfield.

The event gives away three to four scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $500 to underprivileged high school seniors once they have been accepted into college. This free, ticketed event will feature keynote speaker Amanda Seales.