By: Diane Benjamin
For last years MLK dinner, Illinois State University hired Marc Lemont Hill as the Keynote speaker. Hill was just fired from CNN for extreme antisemitic remarks. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna942151
Previously ISU had Van Jones speak at an MLK dinner. He resigned from the Obama administration after his ties to Marxist and communist groups became public. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/09/13/how_could_obama_have_hired_van_jones_98293.html
This year ISU is following the same path with Michael Eric Dyson. https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2018/12/martin-luther-king-jr-cultural-dinner-an-evening-with-michael-eric-dyson/
Mr. Dyson, who once likened police officers to the terror group ISIS and claimed that bat-wielding Antifa members are attempting to “preserve the fabric of America,” added that Mr. West’s position is a “real tragedy,” given his artistic talent.
Dyson doesn’t promote any of the values of Martin Luther King. Google him.
Maybe next year ISU can invite Louis Farrakhan. I’m sure he would sell out too.
It is embarrassing for ISU to invite speakers who don’t share the values of Martin Luther King to a dinner supposedly honoring him. MLK won a Nobel Peace Prize for his goals of a color blind society: http://www.historynet.com/martin-luther-king-jr
None of these speakers espouse MLK’s values.
If this dinner was really to honor Martin Luther King, his niece Alveda King should be the speaker – at least once. Since she is carrying on her uncle’s legacy. She won’t be invited because she doesn’t fit the agenda.
Sending your kid to ISU next year? Why?
I’m embarrassed to be an alum.