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Headlines from History

The Life and Legacy of Everett McKinley Dirksen

Visitor Center

Wednesday, November 16
7 – 8 pm CDT

Free with paid parking
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Cantigny Park continues its Headlines from History series with “The Life and Legacy of Everett McKinley Dirksen,” a presentation by Tiffany White, executive director of the Dirksen Congressional Center in Pekin, Illinois, hometown of the late senator. Everett Dirksen (1896-1969) rose from a humble upbringing in Central Illinois to becoming one of the most influential members of Congress in the mid-20th century. His life is a testimony to the power and promise of the “American Dream.” Among his many achievements, Senator Dirksen played a key role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  TIME magazine featured him on its June 1964 under the banner, “The Civil Rights Bill: Product of Principle and Compromise.” A Republican, Dirksen was Senate Minority Leader from 1959 until his passing. The Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington is named after him.

MEET THE SPEAKER: Tiffany White has devoted most of her career to legislative politics and government. Before assuming leadership of the Dirksen Congressional Center in 2019, she served as chief of staff to Illinois State Representative Mike Unes. Previously, she was executive director of Pekin Main Street, and served for five years on staff in the 18th Congressional District office. White holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. In addition, she is a graduate of the R. David Tebben Leadership School (named after her late father and former Mayor of Pekin), and a member of the 2018 class of Peoria Magazine’s “40 Leaders Under Forty.”



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  This program includes built-in closed captioning through Zoom.