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Plans set for Elgin’s Martin Luther King Jr. events

The MartLuther King Jr. 1964| Getty Images file

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Updated: February 5, 2013 6:16AM

Elgin’s 28th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will take place on the weekend of Jan. 19-21, celebrating the life, actions and dreams of Dr. King.

Sponsored by the Elgin Human Relations Commission along with the yearlong efforts of the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, the 2013 Celebration will begin with a prayer breakfast 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19 and culminate with a day of service and learning on Jan. 21.

The prayer breakfast will be held at the Business Conference Center at Elgin Community College, Building K, 1700 Spartan Drive. Doors open at 8 a.m. Various community organizations will feature their wares. The prayer breakfast will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Keynote speaker will be motivational speaker Dan Duster, who is an expert in the area of motivation and personal achievement. As the great-grandson of Ida B. Wells, he speaks about her struggles and triumphs to motivate audiences to overcome the obstacles we face today.

Also as part of the program, winners of the Humanitarian Awards will be announced and presented with plaques.

Tickets for the prayer breakfast are $15 and can be obtained at city hall. Order forms can be downloaded online at and mailed to the city at 150 Dexter Court, Elgin, IL 60120. Tickets are also available from committee members or by calling 847-931-5667.

On Jan. 20, the MLK Public Program begins at 4 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church, 1280 Summit St., Elgin. Music will be provided by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Choir and other musical performances. The winner of the 2011 Art and Essay contest will be announced, and scholarship award winners will be presented their awards. The public program is free and open to the public.

Now through Jan. 20, committee members are hosting a community food drive that will end with the distribution of food on the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 21. 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.

Students involved

Also on Jan. 21, the second-annual Youth Leadership Conference will take place at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way. The program is designed to reach middle- to high school-age students with Dr. King’s message of leadership and community service. Adult leaders and students must register in advance for the conference, which will feature guest speakers and workshops on subjects relating to the messages taught by Dr. King.

More information about the conference can be found on the city website at, or call Dianha Ortega-Ehreth at 847-214-6910.

Planning panel

Members of the MLK Planning Committee include co-chairs Shaan Jones and Rose Reinert, Danise Habun, Joe Wars, Janice Hare, Rene Neal, Algawan Dussard, Albert McCloud, Aloun Khotisene, Dianha Ortega-Ehreth and Phillip Campbell.

For more information on the events or the process for joining either the Elgin Human Relations Commission or the 2012 MLK Planning Committee, contact the city of Elgin at 847-931-5667.

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