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Thursday, January 31, 2019

For the 15th year, Ivy Tech Community College is presenting its “Doing the Dream” events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In January, a series of programs for area school students, as well as a community banquet, will feature a guest speaker who is recognized as a dynamic leader in advancing civil rights around the world.

With its 2019 “Doing the Dream” program, Ivy Tech is also recognizing the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of Dr. King’s most significant predecessors in the fight for racial equality, Frederick Douglass, by welcoming one of Mr. Douglass’ direct descendants – Kenneth B. Morris Jr. – as keynote speaker. Mr. Morris actually descends from two of the most influential names in American history; he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. Today, he continues his family’s legacy of anti-slavery and educational work as co-founder and president of the Atlanta-based nonprofit Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.

As keynote speaker for the 2019 “Doing the Dream” events, Mr. Morris will discuss the history of the struggle for human rights, the power of the individual to make positive changes in their communities, and the on-going work of the modern abolitionist movement to fight the scourge of human trafficking – today’s slavery – around the world. On Jan. 29 and 30, Mr. Morris will speak at three high schools in Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area and on Jan. 31, he will present at a free student convocation in the morning and a community banquet that evening.

The community banquet will begin at 6 p.m. at Bel Air Events, 3014 S. Webster St., in Kokomo. Tickets are $50 for dinner and presentation. Reservations can be made by clicking "Reserve your seat" on this page or calling 765-252-5500.