Champaign schedules Martin Luther King celebration

November 1, 2018 by  

Champaign, Urbana, Champaign County, the University of Illinois, the Village of Rantoul, and Parkland College are once again sponsoring a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and nominations for honorees are due soon.

The upcoming 2019 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Countywide Celebration will take place in Urbana, at the Vineyard Church on North Lincoln Avenue. The free event is open to everyone who would like to attend, and will feature a keynote speaker, as well as a number of award presentations.

Organizations and individuals who are recognized at this event are those who have made significant contributions in the field of equal rights, humanitarian work, or community service in the spirit of Dr. King. Organizers of events like this could use graphic design to create a beautiful tribute for the honorees.

Dr. King was a major figure in the civil rights movement, leading the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the mid-1950s. He led a bus boycott that lasted 382 days, and resulted in a Supreme Court ruling that ruled it was unconstitutional to segregate buses. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

The celebration itself is not until 4:00 pm on January 18, 2019, but nominations of those who have made a difference in the community are due by 5.00 pm on November 9, and can be made online.