MLK Advocacy for Social Justice Celebration

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL

Advocacy for Social Justice and MLK Countywide Committees 38th Annual Dr. MLK Jr. Service of Celebration Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 5:00 PM Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 South Goodwin Avenue Urbana, Illinois 61801 Featured Keynote Speaker: Rev. Joel King nephew of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The partnership of the Advocacy for

38th Annual Unity Breakfast

Vineyard Church 1500 N. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL

Community members are invited to attend the 38th Annual Unity Breakfast sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Advocacy for Justice Committee and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and hosted by the Vineyard Church. Please join us as we honor Dr. King, the most important voice of the civil rights movement and recognize

MLK Day of Service: U-C Books to Prisoners

Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday by joining with U-C Books to Prisoners to help with book sorting and selecting for the incarcerated people who write to request books from us.  Please sign up for either the morning session or the afternoon session. At each sessions there will be two kinds of work to do, and an

Amari’s Blood Drive at MLK Elementary

MLK Elementary 1108 Fairview Ave., Urbana, IL

An Urbana High School student is putting together a blood drive on MLK Day. This is a great act of service to give back to our community! Just one blood donation can save up to three lives. #PowerofU116 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧: Monday, Jan. 16 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞: King Elementary | 1108 Fairview Ave. 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

MLK Walk for Peace

Martin Luther King Jr. Park 915 W. Wascher Dr., Urbana, IL

Join other community members for a walk celebrating peace. The walk will begin and end at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Parking is available at King School and along Wascher Drive. Walking route maps will be provided at the park. Sponsored by City of Urbana, The Urbana Free Library, Urbana Park District, Urbana Rotary Club,

Martin Luther King Day Celebration for Kids

Museum of the Grand Prairie 950 N. Lombard St., Mahomet, IL

Make your day off count! Join the Museum of the Grand Prairie as we explore the rich cultural heritage of the African American community in Champaign County on this Martin Luther King Day. We will learn about the life of Dr. King, celebrate his legacy, and explore how we can keep his mission alive today.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Reflection & Service

Levis Faculty Center 919 W. Illinois St., Room 300, Urbana, IL

Keynote: Dr. Jamie Washington, co-founder of the Social Justice Training Institute Every Spring, the Office of Civic Life assists students in exploring the legacy of service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This program is a part of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Commemorative Celebration. This year, the MLK

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. K-12 Creative Expressions Contest

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL

The College of Education will award the winners and honorable mention recipients of the K-12 MLK Creative Expressions Contest. This event will highlight the talents of our local students through essay, poems, and art. Sponsored by the College of Education, and the 2023 MLK Commemorative Planning Committee. For additional information contact Victor H. Perez,

Kumasi J. Barnett Artist Presentation (Zoom)


Please register here ( for a virtual talk by Kumasi J. Barnett, presented in conjunction with In Blackest Shade, In Darkest Light exhibition at Giertz Gallery at Parkland College and the Black on Black on Black on Black lecture series. This is available online through Zoom. We are excited to have you join us! Date: Thurday, January 26, 2023 Time: 6 PM

“I Have a Dream” Quilt Submission

Phillips Recreation Center 505 W. Stoughton, Urbana, IL

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech to thousands of civil rights marchers in Washington D.C. This has famously become known as his "I Have a Dream" speech, in which he talks about the racial injustices black people face and how it "is the time to make real the promises of democracy." 60

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work Poverty Simulation

UIUC School of Social Work 1010 W. Nevada, Urbana, IL

The impact of poverty in any community can be both devastating and hastening. It is a reality for many individuals and families; it’s difficult to truly understand poverty unless you have experienced poverty. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s advocacy work around poverty issues, the School of Social Work, in partnership with the Office

USD #116 Black History Month Kickoff

Dr. Preston L. Williams, Jr. Elementary School 2102 E. Washington St., Urbana, IL

The Urbana School District #116's Black History Month kickoff in honor of Janice Mitchell will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2023, from 3:00–5:00 p.m. at the Dr. Preston L. Williams, Jr. Elementary School Gym (2102 E. Washington St., Urbana). Interactive learning activities for children will run from 3:00–3:30 p.m., and the program will begin