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MLK Advocacy for Justice Virtual Celebration 2021

A profile drawing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the words Reverand Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, January 17-31, 2021. Theme: There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular.

Rising Together: Facing the Challenges of Tomorrow Today 

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

Keynote Speaker
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
President and Senior Lecturer at Repairers of the Breach
and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign

Sunday, January 17, 2021
3:00 to 4:00 pm

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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.

This year’s keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, is the President & Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival; Bishop with The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries; Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary; Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the author of four books: We Are Called To Be A Movement; Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing; The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and The Rise of a New Justice Movement; and Forward Together: A Moral Message For The Nation.

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.

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

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 2021 theme for this year’s celebration is “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular.”

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