Tamron Hall will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon on January 15 at the Peoria Civic Center. “We look forward to having Tamron Hall at our 26th annual luncheon,” said Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. “We’re excited to welcome her to Peoria to help us celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person or 10 for $500 and are available for purchase: online at www.mlkluncheon.com; at Peoria City Hall, Room 403; or by mail: Make checks payable to Public Employees for Community Concerns and send to P.O. Box 1312, Peoria, IL 61654-1312.
The doors of the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall open at 11 a.m. and the luncheon begins at Noon.
The former Today co-host is partnering with Weinstein Television for a new daytime talk show. Currently in development, the untitled project will feature a mix of current events, human-interest stories and in-depth celebrity and newsmaker interviews. The daily series will be shot in front of a live studio audience. Hall will co-create and executive produce, with former NBC Domestic Television Distribution president Barry Wallach.
Tamron is an award-winning journalist, and was the recipient of Temple University’s prestigious Lew Klein Alumni in the Media award in 2010. Tamron is involved with several charitable organizations that strive to end homelessness and illiteracy, as well as others that fight domestic abuse. She has been recognized by Day One, a New York-based advocacy group for victims of domestic violence, for her work and support of their efforts. She wrote a personal account of her sister’s death for theGrio.com in 2010, which garnered praise from several outlets for its honesty and attention to the often-overlooked issue of domestic and dating violence. In addition, Tamron is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. In addition, Tamron has been featured in several major publications and media outlets, including Ebony Magazine, Forbes, Uptown Magazine, Huffington Post, AOL Black Voices, Women’s Health, Marie Claire and others. Tamron is a native of Luling, Texas, and she holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University.
Hall also continues to be an activist against domestic abuse. She recently launched The Tamron Heart Renate Fund, a partnership with Safe Horizon, America’s leading victim assistance organization to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. The Fund honors the memory of Hall’s sister by helping victims find the support they need.
About Martin Luther King, Jr.
King was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. King helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.
In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.