The Martin Luther King Republicans (MLKR) will celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday and their organization’s 15th anniversary on Thursday, January 19th in order to accommodate those who have committed to a Day of Service on Monday, January 16th says the MLKR communications director.
The event will be held in Chicago at the Trump International Hotel and Tower and is an invitation-only gala. One of the special guests invited is King’s niece, Pro-Life leader Rev. Alveda King, who is an outspoken conservative and Trump supporter.
At the event, the MLKR will be endorsing former President Donald Trump for his run to be president again in 2024 and also giving him their 2023 Drum Major Award because, as founder and President Jimmy Lee Tillman II says, “He fulfilled his campaign promises to the Black community while being doggedly challenged inside and outside Washington…Also, for leading the MAGA movement, a movement that has no color and represents people from all walks of life who just want to make America great.”
No word yet on if Trump will be attending the event.
The MLKR was founded in 2017 by Tillman in order to offer a political alternative for voters in Illinois. Their website says that are a “diverse group of conservatives, moderates and liberal Black Republicans educating, recruiting, and funding qualified candidates nationwide.”
The MLKR gala will also be honoring three other people who have contributed to building what Dr. King calls ‘The Beloved Community.’ The other honorees include Rev. Pervis Thomas of New Canaan Land Church in Chicago, who will receive the Shuttleworth Courage Award because of his service in the Englewood community. He has provided safe spaces for seniors and children and comfort for families who may have experienced violence. He also stood in brave defense of Religious Freedoms during the COVID-19 lockdowns and continued to provide religious sacraments for those who needed them.
Tina McGrath of Joliet, Illinois, will receive the Viola Liuzzo Valor Award because her ReOpen Illinois movement provided opposition to the Democrat Party and led to many people voting Republican for the first time. Ms. McGrath continues her unwavering activism online to defend personal freedoms and constitutional rights while being censored by Big Tech.
Coach Ernest Radcliff and the Wolfpack Youth Sports will receive the Direct Action Award for hands-on work with youth in Chicago for two generations. Coach Radcliff has coached and mentored hundreds of youth, many of whom have become professional coaches and athletes.
Other invited special guests at the gala include former Chicago Alderman and radio host Dorothy Wright Tillman, attorney Kathy Salvi, author Charles Love, and Heritage Foundation President Dr. Kevin Roberts.
Tillman says about MLKR, ”The Martin Luther King Republicans utilize the Six Principles of Non-Violence in the political arena to fulfill Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of a united America. For 15 years, we have continued our work to help form policy, advise legislators, recruit candidates, support grassroots efforts, and contribute wherever we can to build a Beloved Country where all are proud to be Americans. A Country where ‘the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”