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Experience Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life through a CLC celebration

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Dec 18, 2020

In most years the community is called to celebrate the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday as a day “on”, not a day off, and volunteer their time in honor of the civil rights leader and icon. The same is true at College of Lake County (CLC) which in the past has partnered with United Way of Lake County to organize hundreds of volunteers to work projects through area social service agencies and schools. Unfortunately, the 2021 holiday is unable to be celebrated that way due to safety considerations related to COVID-19. However, the day will not pass without recognition. At least one CLC tradition will continue: a dramatic storytelling of Dr. King’s life and his impact on human and civil rights. 

“This year we are partnering with the Lake County Alphas of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Chi Lambda chapter which is based in Waukegan,” said CLC Multicultural Coordinator Beverly Phelps. “Dr. King was a member of this illustrious fraternity. Normally they would hold a breakfast and scholarship event in his honor. This year they are partnering with us to present ‘Know Your History to Guide Your Future,’ a virtual event.” 

Photo of Marcus GentryThe virtual gathering will occur Monday, Jan. 25 beginning at 6 p.m. As a part of the event, Marcus Gentry Associates (right) will present a captivating and informative one man play, “I Have a Dream: A King’s Journey.” The performance is designed with an educational focus, centered on historical content. See a full description here. 

Details on how to attend the virtual gathering will be posted on the fraternity chapter’s social media platforms: Facebook Lake County Alphas and Instagram Lake County Alphas

About College of Lake County: 

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation. Learn more at or call (847) 543-2000.