46th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon honors advocates for change

Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 5:36 PM CST
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MCLEAN COUNTY (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Leaders in the Twin Cities are honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special awards ceremony.

The Bloomington and Normal Human Relations Commissions hosted their 46th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon, which was virtual this year.

It’s where they honor the winners of the ‘I Have a Dream award’, given to those who are dedicated to promoting racial equality and social change in the Twin Cities.

Five winners, including three local high school students were honored at Saturday’s luncheon.

Guests also got to hear from keynote speaker Tony Waller, vice president and constituent relations and racial equality at Walmart.

Waller talked about MLK’s dream for racial equality and says there’s still work to be done to achieve equality in the country, like dismantling systemic racism and disproportionality.

“There has been progress, by almost any measure, people of color are better off today then we were in 1967,” Waller said.

“But a dark cloud hangs over that progress,” he added.

Guests got to her from the winners of the award themselves and a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” from Peoria’s ‘The Heritage Ensemble’

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