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Friday, January 29, 2021

For the 17th year, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo is presenting “Doing the Dream: A Cultural Celebration” honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

With this year’s keynote speaker, we are excited to introduce to many in the Hoosier state a dynamic figure with growing recognition on the national stage, a man who represents a new generation of leadership. Bakari Sellers first made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent state representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation.

Earning his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his law degree from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Sellers now practices law in Columbia, S.C., and is a political commentator at CNN. He has followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Dr. Cleveland Sellers, with a tireless commitment to championing progressive policies to address national issues. Widely considered to be a rising star in American politics and a leading voice for his generation, he has demonstrated an uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and get things done. Among his numerous accolades, he was named to TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 as well as the 2014 and 2015 “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. He released his first book, “My Vanishing Country,” this year and his personal account of life in America’s poverty-stricken “Black Belt” has become a New York Times bestseller.

Virtual Community Banquet 

You are invited to join us at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 when Mr. Sellers will be the keynote speaker for the "Doing the Dream 2021" virtual community conversation. This year, the annual “Doing the Dream” banquet will be held virtually as we continue to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Since we can't break bread with you this year at our traditional in-person banquet, let's all gather virtually as we share food for thought and appetizers of inspiration.

Date/Time: Friday, Jan. 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Location: Live Zoom meeting with an opportunity to make comments or ask questions via Zoom chat.

Cost: $10. All proceeds from the event go to Ivy Tech Kokomo’s “Doing the Dream” Scholarship. Click "Reserve Your Seat" to make your reservation, which will grant you access to the live Zoom event. 

Also, Student Convocation for high school and college students

“Doing the Dream also includes an annual convocation for high school and college students. In this past, students have come from all over our area with their scheduled classes. This year’s virtual format opens the program, set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 29, to any interested student with access to Zoom meetings.

Date/Time: Friday, Jan. 29, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Details: The recommended audience for the event is high school juniors and seniors along with college students.

Location: The program will be offered through a live Zoom meeting. Students will be able to make comments or ask questions via the Zoom chat.

For more information on how your student can participate, please contact Dani McQuaide at dmcquaide@ivytech.edu or 765-252-5493.