Martin Luther King Jr. Events

36th dr. martin luther king, jr. celebration


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"The whirlwind of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges."  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 2021 celebration events.

Click here for a highlight video of the 2020 Prayer Breakfast, courtesy of the YWCA Elgin Take 2 group.

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually to 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. This past year, we were able to award 6 students a total of $6,000.  Please join us in our efforts to increase the number of scholarship awards for 2021.

Click here to donate to the MLK Scholarship fund.

High School Seniors - if you are a senior living in Elgin with a GPA of 2.5 or above and a record of service to the community, you are encouraged to apply for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship.  Applications are due November 27, 2020.  Click here for the application.



Click Here Opens in new window donate to the MLK Food Drive.

Thank you to all who participated in the Gail Borden Public Library Drive Thru & Drop Off Food Drive

We collected 4,352 lbs of food and $2,000 in cash donations.  That's equivalent to over 20,000 lbs of food!

Food DriveFor the past 9 years, the Dr. King Food Drive has collected thousands of pounds of food for the less fortunate in our community. Our 2021 goal is to collect and distribute 80,000 pounds of food and household items for our local food pantries. Every $1.00 collected equals 8 pounds of food. With your generous donation, we can reach our goal.  

Look for drive thru food drives in your area.  We will announce these events on this page and on the city's Facebook pages. You do not need to wait for an announcement, click here to donate to the 10th Dr. King Food Drive.  If you would like to help with the food drive, call Joe Wars at 847-742-2228.