SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is calling for a new statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is urging an improved statue of the late civil rights leader be placed in a more prominent location on the Capitol grounds. White first met Dr. King when the future Secretary of State was a student at Alabama State College ― now Alabama State University ― in Montgomery, Alabama, in the early 1950’s. The current statue is located across the street from the State Capitol Building. White has pledged to contribute the first $5,000 to the fund established for designing and building the new statue of Dr. King.
“To this day, I remain impacted by Dr. King’s teachings,” said White. “His values and dignified behavior continue to inspire and resonate with me. I remember Dr. King attending my college basketball games and staying afterward to offer me words of encouragement and support. He made a difference in my life.”