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Underwood keynote speaker at MLK breakfast

North Central College honors King every year

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, will be the keynote speaker at North Center College's annual the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Jan. 21.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, will be the keynote speaker at North Center College's annual the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Jan. 21.

NAPERVILLE – Newly elected U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, will be the keynote speaker at North Central College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Jan. 21, her office announced in a news release.

The annual event, hosted by the College’s Office of Faith and Action, will take place from 7 to 8 a.m. in Judy G. Stevenson Hall at the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, 131 S. Loomis St., Naperville.

Underwood, a Naperville resident and 2004 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School, was recently elected to represent Illinois’ 14th District — which includes parts of Naperville and portions of DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Kendall and Will counties.

Upon being officially sworn in Jan. 3, she became the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her congressional district.

At age 32, she is also the youngest African-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

King visited North Central College in 1960, in the midst of the civil rights movement, meeting with College President Arlo L. Schilling and speaking with students as part of his campaign for racial equity and social justice, the release stated.

The college commemorates his visit and honors his legacy each year with a series of special events including the prayer breakfast, keynote speakers, musical tributes and other activities.

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