Past Event

Senator Everett Dirksen's Humble Upbringing in Pekin, IL, and His National Legacy

Senator Dirksen on the June 19, 1964 Time Magazine issue cover
Senator Dirksen on the cover of the June 19, 1964 Time Magazine issue

A Road Scholar Program by Tiffany White

Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen was one of if not the most important figure throughout the process of passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Senator Dirksen was a principled, bipartisan leader who had a unique style of accomplishing legislative goals, and his humble life in Pekin–where he was one of five children to a poor and widowed mother–helped shape him into the person he was, and ultimately, had a significant impact on the history of our nation.

Join Tiffany White as she shares interesting facts about Senator Dirksen. A question and answer session will follow this presentation.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Barbara Love at

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Current State of Illinois COVID-19 mandates will be followed.

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