MLK DAY 2024


In 1951, Langston Hughes asked the question, "What Happens to a Dream Deferred?"

In 2024, we ask, "What Happens to a Dream Determined?"

Join us for Aurora's 39th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Ceremony as we answer that question at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2024 at Calvary Church, 9S200 Illinois Route 59. 

The ceremony will be a reflection on the life and legacy of Dr. King with youth performances, community awards, and special guest speakers, 17-year-old Ph.D. graduate Dr. Dorothy Jean Tillman II, DBH and award-winning actor Tyler Lepley.

    After earning her bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College at age 12 and her master's degree from Unity College in Maine at age 14, Dorothy Jean Tillman just completed her PhD in integrated behavioral health from Arizona State University.  Dorothy Jean is the founder and CEO of the Dorothyjeanius STEAM Leadership Institute in Chicago and Capetown, South Africa.  She is DETERMINED to inspire youth and to provide pathways for the next generation.

    Best known for his popular roles on Tyler Perry's The Have and the Have Nots on the Oprah Winfrey Network and in Harlem on Amazon Prime, Tyler Lepley attended Kutztown University on a football scholarship.  With his professional football dreams deterred, Lepley graduated with a Criminal Justice degree.  After being discovered in a Los Angeles gym, he found a new dream of acting, and the star is DETERMINED to make an impact on the industry and the world.  

What happens to a dream determined?  Join us as we find out and continue building upon the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Guest Presenters
Aurora Actionaires