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Elgin’s MLK Celebration event scheduled Jan, 18-20

Quamine Hayes receives 2013 Humanitarian Award during  28th Annual Dr. MartLuther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast ElgCommunity College January. |

Quamine Hayes receives a 2013 Humanitarian Award during the 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at Elgin Community College in January. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: January 30, 2014 6:40AM

ELGIN — Elgin’s 29th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will take place the weekend of Jan. 18-20, celebrating the life, actions and dreams of King, according to a release from the city.

Sponsored by the Elgin Human Relations Commission along with the year-long efforts of the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, the 2014 celebration will begin with a prayer breakfast 8:30 a.m. Jan. 18, continue with a community program on Jan. 19, and culminate with a day of service for youth on Jan. 20.

The prayer breakfast will be held at the Business Conference Center at Elgin Community College, Building E, 1700 Spartan Drive. Doors open at 8 a.m., and guests can visit various vendors who will be on hand. The prayer breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m., featuring guest speaker Keyairra Calvin.

Tickets for the prayer breakfast are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under 13, and are for sale at city hall. Order forms can be downloaded online at and mailed to the city at 150 Dexter Court, Elgin, IL 60120. Tickets also are available from committee members or by calling 847-931-6100.

Residents are invited to join the celebration of the life and dreams of King from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. The featured speaker will be Orlando Ceaser, CEO of Watch Wells Communications. Performing will be Elgin’s Community Choir, 100 community leaders collectively reciting quotes of King, the Youth Dancers of Elgin, and more than 100 students commemorating King’s legacy. A proclamation will be read by Councilwoman Tish Powell, and a dramatic presentation of King’s famous “I Have A Dream Speech” will be given. The program is free and open to the general public.

From Jan. 2 to 20, MLK committee members are hosting a community food drive which will end with the distribution of food on the MLK Day of Service Monday, Jan. 20. Drop off sites include most area churches, Jewel stores, Elgin Fresh Markets, Butera Markets, and Elgin City Hall. Students and other volunteers will distribute it to area food pantries on the morning of Jan. 21. For more information about the food drive, contact Joe Wars at 847-742-2228.

The committee will host the Third Annual Community Day of Service on Jan. 20. Groups of students or adults are encouraged to participate by completing a service project during the week of Jan. 13-20. Those interested in participating are asked to complete an online survey, and the team will contact them to talk more about their ideas and share resources. Participants will be invited to attend a Day of Service Celebration Luncheon on Jan. 20 at The Centre of Elgin Heritage Ballroom.

To complete the survey, go to or contact Rose Reinert at

For complete information about the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, go to the city of Elgin website or visit on Facebook.

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