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54th Annual Dr. King
Remembrance Dinner
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
54th Annual
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. 

Notable Past Speakers

Jesse Jackson • Mohammed Ali  Ronald Reagan 

Honorary Chairs
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Dr. Georges Benjamin

Executive Director, American Public Health Association

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Dr. Lori Bein

Superintendent, School District 25, Arlington Heights, IL

Rev. John Alan Boryk

Rev. Dr. John Alan Boryk

Chairman, Outreach Committee ICDHR

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Dr. Tanjia Coleman

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, NorthShore University Health System

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Mr. Van Dukeman

Chairman & CEO, First Busey Corporation

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Mr. John Eilering

Executive Vice President, Market Chairman, Busey Bank

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The Honorable
Brandon Johnson

Mayor, City of Chicago

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Mr. Matt Manning

Executive Vice President, Busey Bank, Board Member ICDHR

Christopher Meir

Mr. Chris Mier

President, Rosebud Strategies

Toni Preckwinkle

The Honorable Toni Preckwinkle

President, Cook County Board of Commissioners

Dr. Avis Proctor

Dr. Avis Proctor

President, William Rainey

Harper College

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Ms. Amelia White

Manager, Community Outreach, Southwest Airlines

Invited Speaker
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The Honorable Brandon Johnson

Mayor ofChicago 

2023 Honoree

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.

Mistress of Ceremonies
Regina Waldroup

Ms. Regina Waldroup

Reporter, NBC5 Chicago

Musical Performance

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.

Rev. Pete Warmenan, Brandon Marshal, Jen Warmenan
Rev. Clyde Brooks
Soul Children of Chicago
Soul Children of Chicago
oni Preckwinkle and Dr. Timothy Killeen, President University of Illinois
Manual Cuevas-Trisan, Harvard University
IL States Attorney The Honorable Kwame Raoul
Cook County President of Commissioners Toni Preckwinkle
The Honorable Randall Woodfin, Mayor City of Birmingham, AL

Can't make the dinner, you can still support our mission!

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