Each year, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday by recognizing present day, youth, adults, and organizations that are KEEPERS of his DREAM. It is the UpLlift philosophy that by highlighting these individuals, our youth may see that success is realistic and obtainable. We feel that many of our youth lack hope and direction. By showcasing individuals who have come from within the community, and have faced similar challenges as current youth today; it is our hope that this event serves as an inspirational springboard toward the pursuit of excellence and success.
This event is usually attended by over 500 guests, and has the support of local, State, and Federal politicians as well as community leaders, clergy, the local business community, and citizens. In our 20th year of hosting this community event we have had attendees from as far as Newcastle, England and Ghana, West Africa.
In the past 20th year we have also been honored to have hosted a number of nationally and internationally recognized Keynote Speakers and Honorary Chairpersons (i.e. U.S. Commissioner Joyce Tucker, Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., and Ambassador Carol Mosley-Braun). This year, the Operation Uplift Family is honored to have as our Keynote Speaker the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr., Pastor of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church of Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Moss is an international renowned Civil Right Leader and Pastor. He is unique in that he is one of the few remaining individuals who worked directly with Dr. King in the Civil Right Era.
It is with Dr. King’s spirit of community empowerment and youth aspiring for excellence that we solicit your participation in celebrating with us, as we continue to lift “A Hand Up but, Not A Hand Out” to our township communities and Western Cook County, IL.