Investment in this fund allows us to expand our efforts to highlight the accomplishments of distinguished Illinoisans and to ‘pay it forward’ by encouraging excellence and principled civic engagement in young leaders. Our goals include: 1) connecting Student Laureates with senior members of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois who can act as mentors and encouragers; and 2) instilling in the next generation a commitment to lead “in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln” to the betterment of humanity.
Today concludes the month of February, and thus #blackhistorymonth, but we will continue honoring our amazing African-American Lincoln Laureates during #womenhistorymonth starting tomorrow.
Our last Black History Month feature is Rev. Dr. Addie L. Wyatt. Rev. Wyatt is best known for being the first African-American woman elected international vice president of a major labor union, the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union. Wyatt began her career in the union in the early 1950s and advanced in leadership. She was the first African-American woman, along with the politician Barbara Jordan, to be named by Time magazine as Person of the Year in 1975.
Bill Kurtis might have been an attorney arguing for victim's rights, but a deadly Kansas twister taught him that a great journalist can reduce the number of victims.
In the first episode of the Lincoln Laureates podcast series, we hear the powerful journey that inspired his investigative passion. From covering infamous trials to finding the facts behind a whistleblower's story. Bill Kurtis discovered that a story crafted with detail can impact a greater cause. On a lighter note, you'll learn why he feared "Ron Burgundy."
Our guest host for this episode is award-winning broadcast journalist Bill Plante.
Bill Kurtis might have been an attorney arguing for victim's rights. But a deadly Kansas twister taught him that a great journalist can reduce the number of victims. In this episode, we hear the power...