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MLK Advocacy for Justice Celebration 2022

Profile of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. against a gradient of blue clouds.

His Dream: Ideals Worth Fighting For

A Celebration of the Community’s Commitment to the Dream of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 4:30 PM

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts*
500 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Featured Keynote Speaker: Dr. Derek Barber King, Sr.

Son of Reverend Dr. Alfred Daniel Williams King, Sr., the only brother of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

*Proof of COVID vaccination required to enter the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. For details, please see the Krannert Center COVID-19 Safety Protocols page.

The Annual County-wide Celebration commemorates Dr. King’s legacy by bringing together community members from Champaign County to celebrate the mission, teachings, and legacy of Dr. King.

The program will also include the presentation of awards for the James R. Burgess, Jr. Award, Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award, the Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award and recognition of the Advocacy for Social Justice MLK Jr. Scholarship recipients from Champaign and Urbana school districts. This year’s celebration is a joint collaboration with the MLK Countywide Committee.

Sponsored by the MLK Advocacy for Justice Committee, Inc. in partnership with the MLK Countywide Committee and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

For additional questions or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at diversity@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.


Each year, the Cities of Champaign and Urbana come together with Champaign County, the Village of Rantoul, Parkland College and the University of Illinois to host a countywide celebration honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 2022 theme for this year’s celebration is “The Time is Always Right to Do What Is Right.”