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SIUE honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Jan. 18 luncheon; event registration closes Jan. 9

The 40th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon.

All community members are invited to join Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 40th annual celebration luncheon taking place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom on the Edwardsville campus.

Registration closes Monday, Jan. 9. To purchase tickets, visit

Rev. Starsky Wilson, DMin, president and CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and CDF Action Council, will serve as the keynote speaker. He will focus on the theme “Making a Greater Nation,” stemming from Dr. King’s call to action at the 1959 address at the Youth March for Integrated Schools.

The luncheon will also include a musical performance and the presentation of the SIUE Student Scholarship Award, Local Youth Awards, and Humanitarian Award. Event proceeds will support the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Endowment.

“The celebration luncheon is an opportunity to recognize and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King and his dedication to justice,” said Lindy Wagner, assistant vice chancellor for Inclusive Excellence, Education and Development. “We hope this an opportunity to inspire critical reflection and inspiration as we dive into Dr. King’s guidance to make a career of humanity.”

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