22nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at 8 a.m.
Benedictine University
Krasa Center, Second Floor
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532

"Continuing the Conversation" breakout session in Goodwin Hall (Room 321) immediately following the breakfast with keynote speaker, presidents of both College of DuPage and Benedictine University, and COD Associate Professor of Urban Politics Sam Mitrani.

All proceeds benefit the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund.

2016 Picture Gallery


$30 each (on sale through the McAninch Arts Center box office)

MAC Box Office

Seating Chart

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Ernest E. Gibson

Ernest E. Gibson, Ph.D., has lived the history many have just read about. As the son of Bahamian parents raised during the era preceding America's civil rights movement, Dr. Gibson's early experiences influenced who he is. His parents taught him the importance of family and hard work, his community encouraged humility, and his education prepared him for a career. However, it wasn't until after graduating from Tuskegee University and entering business that Dr. Gibson added positive activism to his repertoire.  He worked side-by-sidewith Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to plan the Montgomery and Birmingham Campaigns, the Selma March, and the March on Washington. While hatred, bigotry, and violence marred these historic events, Dr. Gibson's personal experiences merely increased his love of all mankind, noting that is the true lesson taught by his good friend, Martin.

Dr. Gibson began his career as an instructor at his alma mater and went on to serve as director of the student union and associate director for student life at University of Arkansas Pine Bluff before accepting the position of special aide to Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Harper, commanding general of the U.S. Army at Fort Benning (GA). In 1966 Dr. Gibson was the first African American administrator hired by the newly chartered College of DuPage, serving first as director of campus life and retiring as executive director of business services in 1994. He is a founding member of the DuPage A.M.E. Church, Lisle and served as president of the DuPage County Branch of the NAACP. He was appointed by Gov. Thompson to the Illinois Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Council and is a recipient of the Medgar Evers Award presented by the DuPage County Branch of the NAACP. Most importantly, Dr. Gibson continues to serve his community with positive activism.

At the 22nd Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast, Dr. Gibson will share his personal experiences and reflect on the relevance of Dr. King's legacy as we face challenges of maintaining and improving civil rights today.

College of DuPage

Benedictine University

the McAninich Arts Center at COD

Thank you to our event sponsors

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Pan American Bank & Trust

Make a Donation:

  • If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation toward the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund, send a check made payable to College of DuPage/MLK to:

    College of DuPage
    c/o MLK Jr. Breakfast
    McAninch Arts Center (MAC)
    425 Fawell Boulevard
    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships:

  • Scholarships are available to 2 Benedictine students and 2 College of DuPage students @ $1,000 each. Requirements include an essay detailing how Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. impacted your life and how you impact others based on his teachings as well as a letter of recommendation. Deadline Nov. 1, 2016.
    - College of DuPage Students -Benedictine University Students

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