54th Annual Dr. King
December 2, 2023
"Dr. King: Education, the Next Battleground"
Saturday, December 2, 2023 I Black Tie Optional
Reception 6:00 p.m. I Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Cotillion Banquets - 360 S. Creekside Drive, Palatine, IL
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright day break of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional truth and unconditional love will have the final word." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Dinner
Celebrating, remembering and actively promoting the involvement of residents across racial, cultural and gender boundaries in advancing key concerns as a continuation of Dr. King's Dream.
Every year the ICDHR commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an annual dinner. The dinner celebrates Dr. King's birthday, advance academic scholarship opportunities for deserving Chicago high school seniors and honor community and business leaders involved in carrying out the dream of Dr. King.
The dinner commemorates the death of Dr. King and to remember and elevate his messages of justice, equality, unity and peace. He believed strongly that leaders are those who help others become great, and in doing so, they become great.
Jesse Jackson • Mohammed Ali • Ronald Reagan
Dr. Georges Benjamin
Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Dr. Lori Bein
Superintendent, School District 25, Arlington Heights, IL
Rev. Dr. John Alan Boryk
Chairman, Outreach Committee ICDHR
Dr. Tanjia Coleman
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, NorthShore University Health System
Mr. Van Dukeman
Chairman & CEO, First Busey Corporation
Mr. John Eilering
Executive Vice President, Market Chairman, Busey Bank
Mayor, City of Chicago
Mr. Matt Manning
Executive Vice President, Busey Bank, Board Member ICDHR
Mr. Chris Mier
President, Rosebud Strategies
The Honorable Toni Preckwinkle
President, Cook County Board of Commissioners
Dr. Avis Proctor
President, William Rainey
Ms. Amelia White
Manager, Community Outreach, Southwest Airlines
Dr. Timothy Killeen
President, University of Illinois System
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Excellence in Leadership Honor
Presented to Dr. Killeen in recognition of his unwavering commitment to, and longevity, in promoting quality, post-secondary education to thousands of students, resulting in a positive, life-changing impact.
Soul Children of Chicago
The Soul Children of Chicago community feeds the soul of every child through education, career guidance, international cultural experiences, and music.