News Release

January 9, 2012
Contact: Sondra Katzen
Public Relations


Chicago Zoological Society to Host Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebration at Brookfield Zoo

     Brookfield, Ill.—Join Chicago Zoological Society staff in celebrating the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16, at 11:30 a.m. in Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center. Zoo admission will be free for guests on that day (a parking fee will still apply).

The day’s event will begin with a choral celebration by the John F. Kennedy High School Advance Choir. Afterwards, guests are invited to view the complete showing of Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech that he delivered on August 28, 1963. On that historic day, Dr. King, one of the most prominent leaders of the civil rights movement, shared his dream with a large crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

After viewing the speech, zoogoers are invited to reflect on and share their dreams by creating a Tibetan prayer flag, which is traditionally used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom.
This event is hosted by staff members of the Society’s Arcoiris group, whose mission is to achieve organizational excellence through diversity.

For further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000.

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, inspires conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. Open every day of the year, Brookfield Zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service.

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