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Thursday, January 26 - Friday, January 27, 2023

For the 19th year, Ivy Tech Kokomo is presenting “Doing the Dream” to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At our annual community banquet Jan. 26 and a free student convocation Jan. 27, this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Cornel West, will share his insights on how we can honor and advance Dr. King’s vision for a just and equitable world as we work together to “Empower our Community.”

DeAndra Beard-Ingram, who is leading the Doing the Dream 2023 committee as the new director of diversity, equity and belonging for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area, said Ivy Tech is excited and honored to welcome to Kokomo such a renowned, respected and influential leader as Dr. West.

“We look forward to words that will inspire us to action,” she said. “My hope is that our action will be steeped in deep reflection leading us to answer the challenging questions ‘Who are we?’ and ‘Who can we become?’ as a community.”

Affectionately known to many as Brother West, our speaker is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. West teaches on the works of noted German theologian and Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as courses in Philosophy of Religion, African American Critical Thought, and a wide range of subjects -- including but by no means limited to, the classics, philosophy, politics, cultural theory, literature, and music. He has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice. 

January 26
Doing the Dream Community Banquet

On Jan. 26, the annual “Doing the Dream” community banquet will be held in Hingst Hall, the community room located in the Health Professions Center on the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus. Dr. West’s presentation will be aimed at empowering the audience of community leaders to work together to achieve Dr. King’s goals.

Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. EST. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Location Hingst Hall, Ivy Tech Kokomo, 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo.

Cost: Tickets are $60 each. Reservations may be made through Jan. 20 unless the 300 available tickets are sold out earlier. Proceeds from the event will go to Ivy Tech Kokomo's Doing the Dream Diversity Scholarship. 

ContactFor more information, contact Miriam Thomas at or 765-252-5500.

January 27
Student Convocation

On Jan. 27, at a free student convocation from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. EST, Dr. West will share his insights in a program open to college students and high school juniors and seniors.

Date/Time: Friday, Jan. 27, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. EST

Location: In person in Hingst Hall on the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus and virtually via Zoom.

ContactFor more information, contact Tashona Jones, or 765-252-5463.

For more information on Dr. West, visit his website, or follow him on social media: Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.  

Ivy Tech is proud of the impact these "Doing the Dream" events have had on our communities over the past 18 years. The events offer another opportunity to come together to hear a powerful message and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of peace, unity, and service. 


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