The 41st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Luncheon will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, January 14 at Bone Student Center on the campus of Illinois State University. This year’s guest speaker will be broadcast journalism pioneer Monica Pearson, who in 1975 became the first minority and first woman to anchor the evening news in Atlanta, Georgia.
Over a 37-year career with WSB, the CBS network affiliate in Atlanta, Ms. Pearson won numerous journalism and humanitarian awards, including 33 local and regional Emmy Awards. In March 2012, the bipartisan Georgia delegation to the U.S. Congress honored her on the floor of the U.S. House as “a true pioneer and a trailblazer in television news.”
Tickets for the 2017 luncheon honoring Dr. King are available from City of Bloomington and Normal Human Relations Commission members. Tickets may also be purchased at the Bloomington and Normal city halls. Single tickets are $20. Reserved tables are available.