A black conservative activist says far-left activists have hijacked the annual Martin Luther King. Jr. Day at a private university.
Activists at Illinois Wesleyan University plan to observe MLK Day on January 21 by presenting a gender-identity teach-in, according to Campus Reform.
ILU, located in Bloomington, is a private liberal arts college with approximately 1,900 undergradutes.
Campus Reform routinely reports on left-wing events that host progressive activists --- known by their critics as "social justice warriors" --- on university campuses, and the watchdog group often points out that conservative speakers are rarely welcomed.
King spoke on the campus twice during the 1960s (pictured above), where he predicted a "coalition of conscience" that would solve the problem of racism and discrimination.
Veteran businessman-turned-activist Derrick Hollie, a member of the black, conservative group Project 21, says such an event is in no way a reflection of what Dr. King fought for.
"This is just another situation where the LGBTQ community is hijacking what took place in the struggle of civil rights, and it's not the same," Hollie tells OneNewsNow. "So to say the struggle is the same is just ridiculous."
The scheduled keynote speaker is IWU alumna Charlene Carruthers, a far-left activist who describes herself as a "black, queer feminist community organizer."
A former Baptist pastor, now an LGBT activist, is also scheduled to speak.
Campus Reform reports the King-honoring event will concluded with the session on gender identity and human rights presented by the university's Pride Alliance.
Hollie predicts that Caruthers will dishonor the slain civil rights leader in her left-wing speech.