CHAMPAIGN — Ricardo Diaz is no stranger to advocating for social change. When he first became involved in pushing for immigration policy change with peaceful marches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in the mid-2000s, he was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Award.
It “just blew me away,” he said.
Diaz continues his advocacy work and has been selected for an award in recognition of his efforts to uphold King’s principles and ideals in Champaign-Urbana — the James R. Burgess Jr.-Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award. It will be presented at the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Due to the pandemic, the ceremony will be held virtually via Zoom. A link will be shared at mlk celebration.org and on social media prior to the ceremony.
Diaz, 57, is a principal in XPenn Consultants, which seeks to bridge…
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