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 - SOLD OUT!

Saturday, January 19, 2019 8:30 am at the  Elgin Community College University and Business Center.


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Wes Scott will be the Keynote Speaker this year.  Dr. Scott is a retired military officer with over 35 years of distinguished federal service for many agencies.

He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Howard and Harvard Universities with advanced degrees in Engineering, Medicine, Theology and History. He has been recognized in the Who’s Who of Medical Professionals and has published several books and technical articles. Dr. Scott has also been recognized by the NAACP, the recipient of the ECC Community Impact Award and received the President’s Award for Volunteer Service and the President’s Medal for heroism for saving the life of a policeman in a foreign country.

He is currently the President and CEO of Global EHSS Leadership Solutions, and the Board Chairman of the Youth Leadership Academy in Elgin, IL, an organization that builds leadership competencies and College access for economically at-risk students.

Call for Vendor Exhibitors - Prayer Breakfast and Youth Day of Service

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.

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.

MLK Scholarship Application

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. Submission time closed.  Applications are currently being reviewed.

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 at all Fire Stations, the Elgin Police Department and City Hall.

Dr. King Youth Leadership Conference

The 2019 City of Elgin Dr. King Youth Leadership Conference will take place on Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Ed Schock Centre of Elgin noon to 4:00 PM. This event is free and lunch will be provided.

The program will include inspirational keynote speaker, Jeron Shelton, a speech contest featuring area youth, dance performances and spoken word performances. Recognition will be given to the 2019 Dr. King scholarship recipients who will tell their stories to everyone. For more information, please contact Jim Cook at