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2019 Calendar of Events

Friday, January 18, 2019


Annual Countywide Dr. MLK, Jr. Celebration

4:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres
5:00 p.m. Program Begins

The Vineyard Church
1500 North Lincoln, Urbana

This 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, Pastor Michael Pfleger has sought to break down the walls of racism and denominationalism by building unity among all people. He will respond to the theme of Keeping the Dream Alive Through Personal Responsibility. 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, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award.




Sunday, January 20, 2019


34th Annual Dr. MLK, Jr. Service of Celebration

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Foellinger Great Hall
500 South Goodwin, Urbana

Since 1988, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Advocacy for Justice Committee has awarded over 200 scholarships to local students attending colleges such as Parkland College, University of Illinois, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This year we honor the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Reverend C.D. Stuart addressing the theme: His Dream: A Way to Overcome and music from the community choir.




Monday, January 21, 2019


34th Annual Unity Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The Vineyard Church
1500 North Lincoln, Urbana

The 2019 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Advocacy for Justice Committee and the Vineyard Church welcome community members to join in celebrating the birthday of America’s preeminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history at the 34th annual Unity Breakfast. Former scholarship recipient, Marnita Harris, will provide the keynote address to the 2019 scholarship recipients.




Day of Service

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Illini Union Rooms, ABC
1401 West Green Street, Urbana

University students, faculty, staff and community are invited to learn about the impact Dr. King had on the world. Nathan Stephens will highlight the importance of service work, and participants will complete hands-on service projects including meal packaging with Wesley Food Pantry, winter kits with CU at Home, birthday kits with Feeding Our Kids, school supply kits for local after-school programs, letters and caring cards for local service workers, and children’s capes for Crisis Nursery.

Individual registration:

Group registration:

Walk-ins are also welcome.

Contact: Office of Volunteer Programs (



Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Walking the Talk: Bringing Social Justice to Direct Practice

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Student Dining and Residential Programs (SDRP) 2025

The Central Black Student Union (CBSU), University Housing and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion encourage you to learn about applying a social justice lens to your personal and professional experiences. Professors Sundiata Cha-Jua and Helen Neville from the African American Studies Department and Dr. Mike Schlosser, Director of the Police Training Institute will present their research and application of integrating social justice into the public safety industry. Participants of this workshop will learn about applying a social equity model to their lives and future careers.

This event is open to all. If accommodations are needed in order to participate, please contact us by Monday, January 14, 2019.

Contact:Christian Biviano ( or



Friday, January 25, 2019


Poverty Simulation

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
School of Social Work
1010 West Nevada Street, Urbana

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. Unless you have experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's advocacy work around poverty issues, the School of Social Work, in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, invites students, faculty, staff and community members to engage in a poverty simulation that bridges the gap from misconception to understanding in an interactive immersion experience. The goal of the simulation is to promote poverty awareness, increase understanding, and inspire local change by sensitizing participants to the realities of poverty.

To Register:

Contact:Sharva Hampton-Campbell (



Saturday, January 26, 2019


Community Celebration

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5
500 South Goodwin, Urbana

This event marks the culmination of the week of events celebrating Dr. King’s legacy. Please join us for performances by International Prep Academy students and the University of Illinois theatre department. The College of Education will award the winners and honorable mention recipients of the MLK Creative Expressions Contest. The event will have entertainment for all ages and is free of charge. 


Contact: (,Rebecca Ferrell (

MLK Creative Expressions Contest Contact:


Victor Perez (