FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, January 19, 2019
PUSH Excel to Host 29th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, “Sketches of a New Legacy”
Who: PUSH Excel; Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition; Honorable J.B. Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois; Dr. Janice Jackson, Superintendent, Chicago Public Schools; Honorable Judge Greg Mathis
What: 29th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, Sketches of a New Legacy, hosted by PUSH Excel. The Annual MLK Scholarship Breakfast brings together civic, clergy and business leaders as well as educators and community stakeholders to highlight the rich history of PUSH Excel, its programs, and its focus on both educational victories and challenges. Held annually on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Breakfast raises money for the PUSH Excel Scholarship Program, which assists high-potential teens with the financial resources needed to attend college. This year’s event will also recognize leaders in the corporate and educational sectors that have made outstanding contributions in philanthropy and significant strides toward educational equity.
The Honorable J.B. Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois, will be in attendance from 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Dr. Janice Jackson, Superintendent, Chicago Public Schools, will arrive at 7:30 a.m. and will speak at press conference.
A press conference will be held on-site at 7:45 a.m. on the Federal Shutdown.
Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Upper Wacker Dr. (East Tower, Grand Ballroom)
When: Monday, January 21, 2019, 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Deborah Olivia Farmer
PUSH for Excellence, Inc. (PUSH Excel) is a tax-exempt organization founded in 1975 by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and a number of nationally recognized educators to inspire students to strive for excellence in education in spite of personal, family, and community challenges that they might experience. The mission of PUSH Excel is to promote education excellence by engaging the stakeholders in education to work collaboratively to create opportunities, transform the lives of students and improve communities by advocating for educational policies that guarantee equal funding for all students without regard to race or economic standing; engaging parents, students, and teachers in pursuing high quality education and striving for educational excellence at every level; and forging partnerships with community based and public sector stakeholders in education.