Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration
January 14, 2024 - 5:00 pm
Martin Luther King Jr.
at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana 61801
Doors open at 4:00pm
Community Choir begins TBD
Featured Keynote Speaker - Rev. BJ Tatum
During the ceremony, three community members will be honored with prestigious awards in recognition of their work to uphold the principles and ideals of Dr. King, including:
Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award
James R. Burgess, Jr. - Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award
More information coming soon.
Each year, the Cities of Champaign and Urbana come together with Champaign County, the Village of Rantoul, Parkland College and the University of Illinois to host a countywide celebration honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We invite you to join in this celebration!
Do you know a person or organization making a positive impact in Champaign County?
Nominate them for one of three awards that will be presented during the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide celebration.
Nominations are open.
2023 Award Recipients
James R. Burgess, Jr. – Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award – Dawn M. Blackman Sr.
Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award – Anthony B. Sullers, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award: Rev. Terrance L. Thomas
The James R. Burgess, Jr. - Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award
Honors the humanitarian efforts of individuals who have contributed to the basic human dignity of those in need.
The Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award
Honors individuals who engage in improving the well-being of Champaign County.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award
Honors individuals or organizations that work for social justice in the spirit of Dr. King. The principles of justice that Dr. King espoused include promoting equal rights for all persons regardless of race, religion, economic status, or physical or mental ability.
Father Michael Pfleger