Saturday, November 7, 2015
Student Laureate Convocation
House Chambers
Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL
Luncheon, 11 AM
Abraham Lincoln Doubletree Hotel


Every year 60 seniors are chosen by Academic Trustees from 60 colleges and universities in Illinois and one student is named for our community colleges. These Student Laureates are recognized for their excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.


"To honor individuals whose contributions to the betterment of humanity have been accomplished in or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or whose achievements have brought honor to the State because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence, or by their dedication to those principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by the great Illinoisan whose name we bear..."


Mannie Jackson was born and lived in a boxcar as an infant and young child. His large family endured extreme poverty. At age three his family moved to Edwardsville, IL. Mannie's talent for basketball became apparent in high school when he led his team to the state finals. On a full scholarship to the University of Illinois he was one of two young men of African-American descent to be on the starting team there. After trying out for the New York Knicks, Mannie was invited to try out for the Harlem Globetrotters.
After leaving the Globetrotters Mr. Jackson studied economics, then worked at General Motors. At Honeywell, Inc. he was quickly promoted to higher positions and became one of their highest executives. In 1993 he purchased his former team, the Harlem Globetrotters, becoming the first African-American to own a major athletic organization. Revenues for the Globetrotters had an average growth rate of 14% under his control and the team increased in value by almost twenty-fold.
He was awarded the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Laureate of Sports in 2010.
Sources: Wikipedia and Twin Cities Business

Why We Are Here

Illinoisans make outstanding contributions to their local, national, and global communities. The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, a not-for-profit and nonpartisan organization, recognizes and honors these notable citizens. The Academy is governed by a Board of Regents and a membership of General Trustees.

What We Do

Each spring, at a ceremony that is held in different locations in the state, Illinoisans with notable achievements are inducted as Laureates into the Order of Lincoln, which is the state’s highest honor. Each fall, in the Old State Capitol, Student Laureates are inducted into the Order of Lincoln. In this way we recognize and honor greatness and support students. Students also receive the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Certificate and monetary grant. The incumbent Governor of Illinois serves as President of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, which administers the Order of Lincoln.

How We Do It

Since its inception in 1964, hundreds of outstanding Illinoisans have been honored. Their personal stories are all unique and inspiring, and some are even surprising. Individual and corporate Academy Members and Sponsors make it possible for The Lincoln Academy of Illinois to recognize and honor recipients. We salute their valuable contributions to society.