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COD, Benedictine University Celebrate Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 22nd Annual MLK Breakfast

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By Jennifer Duda

Ernest E. Gibson, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker at the 22nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast co-hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage at Benedictine’s Lisle campus. Gibson, who knew King, reflected on his own experiences with the Civil Rights Movement and the challenges of maintaining and improving civil rights today. In 1966, Dr. Gibson was the first African American administrator hired by the newly chartered College of DuPage, serving first as director of campus life and retiring as executive director of business services in 1994. Prior to arriving at COD, he worked with Dr. King to plan the Montgomery and Birmingham campaigns, the Selma March and the March on Washington. The breakfast also featured musical performances by pianist and COD student Anthony Perry and vocalist Tyisha Brown and the announcement of COD’s 2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarships; Anthony Walker and Anthony Perry. Each received $1,000 awards based on essays detailing how King’s ideas impacted their lives and how they influence others based on his teachings. Following the breakfast, Benedictine President Dr. Michael S. Brophy, and College of DuPage President Dr. Ann E. Rondeau, Ph.D., joined Gibson for a breakout session addressing diversity in higher education. Click here to view photos from the breakfast.

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