CARBONDALE — Borrowing from the movie "Hidden Figures," the Carbondale Chapter of the NAACP is celebrating local women who have made a difference in equal rights in Southern Illinois.

The group's annual breakfast will be Monday, Jan. 15, at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Center Ballroom. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 9 a.m.

This year's guest speaker will be Peggy Bradford, president of Shawnee Community College in Ullin.

Tickets to the breakfast are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Bradford is a native of Southern Illinois who attended Shawnee Community College, where she earned her Associate of Arts degree.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree from SIUC studying Counseling Administration. Bradford moved on to the University of Iowa, where she earned her Master of Science in Administration and Community Development before earning a law degree.

She went on to earn her doctorate in education from Northern Illinois University.

Other Martin Luther King Jr. Day events are:

• "Sisters of Selma" film about St. Louis nuns who joined civil rights protest in Selma, Alabama, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, Newman Center, 715 S. Washington St., Carbondale. The showing of this film will be followed by comments by Father Joseph Brown, a professor of Africana Studies at SIUC, who has described Sister Antona Ebo as an important mentor of his since he became a priest. Sister Ebo died Nov. 11 at the age of 93.

• 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration, 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at the Carbondale Civic Center.


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