Illinois Wesleyan University Celebrates the
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday

January 2007

Online feature: Read or listen to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1966 speech at Illinois Wesleyan University


Saturday, January 13

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Luncheon
    Sponsored by Bloomington and Normal Human Relations Commissions
    1-3:30 p.m. at the Interstate Conference Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington
    Speaker:  Lani Guinier     Professor, Harvard Law School; former head of the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; former special assistant in Carter Administration Civil Rights Division; nominated to head Civil Rights Division of the DOJ by President Clinton in 1993.
    Tickets – contact Carl Teichman, (309) 556-3429

Monday, January 15

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Teach-In:  Affordable Housing
    Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. 
2 -4 p.m. at the Hansen Student Center
    Keynote speaker will be Doris Latorre, National Director of Quality Assurance at ACORN Housing. ACORN is the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.  Doris will speak about her recent tour of New Orleans and its housing crisis.  Alex Cardona of State Farm Bank will speak about the bank's efforts to assist Hispanics, and other minority group members, in obtaining home mortgages.
    Contact – Deborah Halperin, Action Research Center, 556-1357

Wednesday, January 17

  • Chapel Peace Service – Young People Called to Action
    11 a.m. in Evelyn Chapel

Sunday, January 28

  • Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Dinner
    5 p.m. in Main Lounge, Memorial Center
    Speaker is Rev. Joseph Lowery, civil rights activist known as the”dean of the civil rights movement” and co-founder, with Dr. King, of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
    Tickets – (309) 556-3059
    Contact – Carl Teichman, (309) 556-3429

Wednesday, January 31