Martin Luther King Jr. Events

The 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

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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.


Saturday January 14, 2023 8:30 AM

Elgin Community College, Building E

Tickets available for purchase at City hall

Cost: $25 -SOLD OUT

2023 Dr. King Family Event 

Film Screening

INVENTED Before You Were Born

January 15, 2023 4:00-6:00 PM

Larkin High School Auditorium

Free event


The City of Elgin Human Relations Commission and the 2023 Dr. King Celebration Committee invite our

community to a premiere screening of INVENTED Before You Were Born, a feature documentary by

Jonathan Knight and Le Datta Grimes. Both filmmakers, along with Former U46 School Board Member,

author and Larkin High Alumnus, Traci Ellis, will be on hand for an audience Q&A session following the


Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund

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.  Click here for the 2023 scholarship application.

Congratulations to the 2022 Scholarship winners:  

Axel Magana - Larkin High School

Jalea McPherson - South Elgin High School

Janiyah Taylor - Elgin High School

Click here to donate to the MLK Scholarship fund.

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Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award 

Each year the MLK Celebration Committee recognizes Elgin individuals and organizations whose work reflects the teachings and life work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. In 2023, awards will be given in 3 categories: Individual Adult, Individual Youth and Organization.  Click here for the 2023 Humanitatian Award nomination form. Nominations maybe sent electronically to Nomination deadline is December 15, 2023.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive

For the past 10 years, the Dr. King Food Drive has collected thousands of pounds of food for the less fortunate in our community. One dollar equals eight pounds of food. To donate online click here!

Food Drive (2023)