Thank you to everyone who joined us for Doing the Dream 2018!
We hope to see you at next year's event!
This year we celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and enjoyed this year’s Doing the Dream speaker, acclaimed activist-artist Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely. She spoke on her experiences as a proponent of nonviolent action for civil rights working with Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960s -- and her hopes and dreams for expanding community and social justice today.
In 2018, 50 years since Dr. King’s assassination, Ms. Preacely is a significant choice to serve as keynote speaker for Ivy Tech’s annual Doing the Dream activities , which include the public banquet in Kokomo Feb. 1.
Raised in Harlem, where she knew activists Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, and Bob Moses, Ms. Preacely became an adherent of nonviolent change as a teenager and worked in the freedom movement in Maryland and rural southwest Georgia with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. As a passionate proponent of nonviolent activism in the Sixties, her path often crossed Dr. King’s. Dr. King visited her and other students when they were being held in the Albany, Ga., jail, for their voter registration activities and community organizing, and she was on hand for his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. She will bring an important – and inspiring – personal perspective to our view of those historic times and their relevance today.
Ms. Preacely has devoted her life to the philosophy of nonviolent action to improve the lives of her fellow citizens, from working as a Freedom Rider and member of SNCC in the South to working against de facto segregated schools in Boston and protesting the Vietnam War when she returned to the North. Retired after 30 years as an advocate and administrator in the public health sector, Ms. Preacely now works with domestic violence and suicide prevention in the Los Angeles metro area, where she has lived since 1982.
As a public speaker and performer, she continues to share her commitment to nonviolent change by sharing her experiences as a civil rights activist, who was arrested, shot at and jailed for her efforts, and the story of her historic and multifaceted family whose activism goes back to 1848. It was then her great-great-grandparents escaped from slavery; traveling to England to avoid recapture under the Fugitive Slave Act, they became well-known abolitionists. The grandmother of nine, she is particularly interested in sharing her hopes for the future with young people and talking about what they can do to make life better for themselves and their fellow citizens.
In 2015 Ms. Preacely was honored with the Rosa Parks Humanitarian award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California. The SCLC is the only national organization founded by Dr. King.