Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration

January 17, 2020

3-5 p.m.

​The Vineyard Church

1500 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana

3:00 PM - Reception

4:00 PM - Program

Entertainment - The Nfinite Soul Band

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Sampson Davis

Dr. Davis grew up with his five siblings in Newark, NJ, surrounded by fragmented families, crime, and drugs.  A good student, he successfully balanced his academic achievements with what was socially acceptable on the streets by practicing the three D’s – dedication, determination, and discipline.  Today Dr. Davis is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician at several emergency departments in New Jersey.  In 2000, Dr. Davis and his two best friends felt the need to give back to communities in need by creating The Three Doctors Foundation.  This nonprofit organization offers a series of free public programs focused on health, education, leadership, and mentoring.  Dr. Davis has appeared on numerous national talk shows, including Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper 360, The View, Tavis Smiley, and NPR.  He was honored in 2000 with the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award and was also named one of their forty most inspirational African Americans in the country. Dr. Davis is the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association’s highest honor - The Scroll of Merit.



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. 

The nomination deadline was November 15, 2019. We aren't accepting nominations at this time. 

2020 Award Recipients

  • James R. Burgess, Jr. – Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award – Austin's Place

  • Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award – Reverend Rickey E. Parks

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award: New American Welcome Center & Nathaniel (Nate) L. Dixon

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

Keynote Speaker

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