Elected Officials Turn Out To The Rainbow/PUSH King Day Scholarship Breakfast

Rob Hart
January 20, 2020 - 3:57 pm
Rainbow/PUSH King Day Scholarship Breakfast

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It's an annual tradition in Chicago on Martin Luther King Day:  the Rainbow/PUSH King Day Scholarship Breakfast.

The morning meeting in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency on Wacker Drive is a tribute to the students who have been helped by Push for Excellence programs.

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia..."

Children who won a rhetoric contest delivered Martin Luther King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech from 1963.

The breakfast is also a networking opportunity for local elected officials, and several stopped by to say hello to the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx and Senator Dick Durbin sat at Rev. Jackson's table. Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the crowd. 

Lightfoot said she wanted to pick up Dr. King's fight for economic justice, and she says she will do that by fighting poverty that stretches across generations.

"Where families are literally struggling every single day to determine which bill to pay, whether or not they will be able to eat, whether or not their children will have clothes and shelter," Lightfoot said..."We as a city will turn in a different direction and make sure that we leave no one behind, because of their race, their gender, or their zip code."

Lightfoot said the fight for fundamental change will take a long time, but she added that her administration's push to reform the city's fine and fee system was a step in the right direction.

The program also singled out Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx for her efforts during her first term in office.