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Chicago Teachers Union joins local, national clergy in Jan. 15 breakfast forum celebrating the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CHICAGO—In commemoration of the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Chicago Teachers Union will host a discussion on race, equality and public education during a special breakfast forum at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 1250 W. 119th Street. Co-hosted by Chicago Parents, Educators and Clergy for Education (PEACE), the program is free open to the public and seats are on a first come basis.

Chicago PEACE is an organizing and information exchange committee where local clergy are invited to collaborate with education professionals, parents and others in addressing poverty, race and class issues impacting the more than 400,000 public school students throughout the city.

“Some of our most troubled and broken communities are strengthened and united by the faith of the people, which is a powerful tool to impart the need for change,” said CTU President Karen GJ Lewis. “Dr. King’s legacy is truly alive when together, teachers, families and clergy all speak with one voice.”

Speakers at commemorative clergy breakfast include the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ and student orator and activist 9-year-old Asean Johnson. A special music performance will be done by gospel artist the Rev. Christopher Williams of Memphis, Tenn.

The national Martin Luther King Holiday is celebrated the third Monday of each January. The civil rights icon was born January 15, 1929.

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