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Keynote Presentations

The 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 17, 2022 will be held virtually, due to the COVID pandemic.  The federal holiday declaring the third Monday of every January as Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.  Intended as a day of service, Highland Park's virtual event will honor the civil rights icon with virtual keynote presentations that further the legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Additional educational, entertaining, enriching, and service opportunities are available on the City's virtual event landing page:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Virtual Event:  Live Stream Keynote Presentations

Monday, January 17, 2022
10 - 11 AM
Click HERE to view the 2022 Keynote Presentations  Use Passcode: DK&a64DM 

Keynote Speaker:

Patrick Dankwa John:  What happened to the Dream?
Pat John will discuss how Dr. King’s radical message urging a redistribution of political and economic power has been diluted and sanitized over time.  He will reflect on some ways that we can revive Dr. King’s dream of a world free of hatred and exploitation.

With Special appearances by:

Mayor Nancy Rotering
Mayor, City of Highland Park

North Shore School District 112 Students
Pledge of Allegiance 

Terry Grossberg
Commissioner, Park District of Highland Park

Ellen Gussin
Past-Chairman, City of Highland Park's Human Relation Advisory Group
Q & A Moderator

Teri Steinberg
MLK Day of Service  Coordinator,  City of Highland Park's Human Relation Advisory Group

Highland Park High School Band Members
Under the direction of Josh Chodoroff