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 Rev. Michael Pfleger  |  Al Podgorski~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 15, 2013 6:16AM

Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of Saint Sabina’s Parish in Chicago, will be the special guest speaker at Aurora’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the East Aurora High School auditorium, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora.

Pfleger has had a close connection to the King family. At the request of Martin Luther King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, Father Pfleger was the keynote speaker for the national Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service in 2003. Then in 2006, at the request of the King family, Pfleger was one of the speakers to eulogize Coretta Scott King.

The theme of the Aurora MLK celebration is “Service Above Self: Remember! Celebrate! Act!” All Aurora-area students are being asked in advance to participate in a food drive. High school students also are being asked to participate in a day of service at area nursing homes, food pantries and the public library. Specific site and sign up information is listed below. In addition to speakers and performances, the event at East High will feature awards to students for their service to the community. Admission is free, and there is no reserved seating.

To participate in a service project, a high school student should choose one of the service options below and inform Leanette at 630-341-0450 or Marce at of the commitment time and location and a phone number or email address where the student may be reached. On the night of the event, students who participate in a service project should check in at the volunteer station to receive their service awards.

Jan. 21 service options include:

Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, 659 S. River St., Door A, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aurora Public Library, 1 East Benton, 10 to 11 a.m. or 11 a.m. to noon;

Countryside Care Center, 2330 W. Galena Blvd., 9:30 to 10 a.m. or 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1017 W. Galena Blvd., 10 to 11 a.m.

Farnsworth Rehabilitation, 1601 N. Farnsworth Ave., 10 to 11 a.m.

Jennings Terrace — Aurora Rehab, 275 S. LaSalle St., 2 to 2:45 p.m. or 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, 834 N. Highland, 1 to 2 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m.

Provena McAuley Manor, 400 Sullivan Road, noon to 1 p.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m.

Mike Chapin is the community relations director for West Aurora School District 129. Contact him at 630-301-5044 or Visit

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