Please join us for the annual Peace Breakfast to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on Tuesday, January 17th at 9:00 am at the UIC Forum.

Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry will deliver the keynote address at the breakfast. Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University where she serves as the executive director of the Pro-Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center that supports research on the intersections of gender, race, and place. Harris-Perry hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC. Her keynote will cover the topics of hope, healing, and courage.

The Peace Breakfast will also include performances by Unity in Christ, UIC’s gospel choir and a presentation of the Martin Luther King Junior Drum Majors for Service Award to Asha Binbek. Binbek serves as the Undergraduate Student Government’s Interpersonal Relations Committee Director. She has been an instrumental force in the creation of the Arab American Cultural Center at UIC and UIC’s inaugural Global Fest – a showcase of the unique cultures comprising the university community in support of the national International Education Week efforts. The MLK Drum Major for Service award is given to those volunteers who perform extraordinary everyday acts of service with reliability and commitment but seldom receive recognition. The Peace Breakfast is open to the community. To RSVP, please visit

Other events that comprise UIC’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year include the Day of Service and a screening of the 2014, critically –acclaimed film Selma. Join members of the UIC Community on Monday, January 16, at eight service sites across Chicagoland to honor the legacy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each community partner works to address the roots of social problems, such as poverty, racism, and further injustices. Visit for information about each service site and sign up before Thursday, January 12.

Selma chronicles Dr. King’s fight for the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Selma, Alabama became the epicenter of the fight for the right to vote for black citizens. King and his collaborators organized a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The film will air at 5 PM and 8 PM on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the James Stukel Towers (JST). Admission is free with an I-Card.

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We look forward to you joining us.

Thank you,

UIC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Planning Committee

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