Bernice King to Speak at Virtual MLK Celebration

The 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will continue the tradition of the annual luncheons held in honor of the late civil rights activist as a virtual event due to the pandemic.  The event has been organized by the Public Employees for Community Concerns (PECC) for over 20 years.  The group of African-American City of Peoria employees goal is to provide an extension of local government to the minority community as well as promote networking among public employees, facilitate and advocate discussion of the community’s concerns and increase the visibility of public employees within the community.

Featured speaker this year will be the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Dr. Bernice King.  King is CEO of The King Center and heads the Nonviolence 365 education and training initiatives.  King is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law Degrees from Emory University.  She has also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wesley College.

King is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia, is a trained mediator, serves on the HOPE Southeastern Board of Directors of Operation HOPE and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and National Council of Negro Women.  She is an innovative, energetic and committed leader dedicated to fulfilling the calling of taking her parents legacy and The King Center into a new era.

The event will be held from Noon – 1 pm.  Tickets for the luncheon are $30 per person available online at