Martin Luther King Jr. Events


Justice Before Comfort

The ultimate measure of a man (person) is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Each year, the City of Elgin Human Relations Commission takes great pride in presenting a weekend of activities celebrating the life of one of our country’s greatest civil rights leaders, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Check this page periodically for announcements regarding the 2019 celebration.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Elgin Community College.  

Details regarding ticket sales coming soon.

MLK Scholarship Application - Available Now

The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually to Elgin students who have demonstrated an active interest and meaningful involvement in the areas of human rights, civil rights, social justice and/or world peace. Scholarships may also be awarded to students whose activities are exemplary and reflect the ideals and life of Dr. King.    Multiple scholarships are awarded based upon the number of applicants and the quality of the submissions.  New this year, scholarships may be awarded to students outside of the Elgin area.

Click here for the scholarship application.  Deadline for submission is December 10, 2018.

Call for Vendor Exhibitors

Would you like to exhibit your products for sale at the Prayer Breakfast and/or Youth Leadership Conference and help support the MLK Scholarship Fund?  The exhibitor fee is $40/day or $70/both days; exhibitor fees will be applied toward the MLK Scholarship Fund.  Click here for an application.  Application and fees are due December 28, 2018.

Art and Essay Contest

Stay tuned for information.

Humanitarian Award

Each year the MLK Celebration Committee recognizes individuals who are residents of Elgin, and organizations serving residents of Elgin, whose work reflects the teachings and life work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther, Jr.  In 2019, awards will be given in 3 categories:  Individual Adult, Individual Youth and Organization.  Humanitarian Awards will be presented during the Dr. King Prayer Breakfast.  Click here for a nomination form.  Nominations are due December 28, 2018.

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Food Drive

Believe it or not, 2019 will be our eighth year of holding a food drive in Dr. Martin Luther King’s honor.  We're going for FIFTEEN tons this year! Eight Elgin food pantries will receive and distribute your contributions to needy families.

We need everyone's help to meet our goal.  Attached is a list of suggested items for the food drive.

Drop off stations are located throughout the city.

Dr. King Youth Leadership Conference

The Youth Leadership conference is geared toward young people in middle and high school. Participants learn about community issues and how they can help address them. The Conference will be held at the Centre of Elgin on Monday, January 21 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  

Details on participating in this event will be posted shortly.