Virtual program to discuss the legacy of Sen. Everett Dirksen


LA SALLE - Join the LaSalle Public Library for a virtual program with Tiffany White, director of the Dirksen Congressional Center, when she presents “Senator Everett Dirksen’s Humble Upbringing and His National Legacy.” This free program will take place on Tuesday, June 15 at 6 p.m.

Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen was one of, if not the most, important figures throughout the process of passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He was a principled, bipartisan leader who had a unique style of accomplishing legislative goals. His humble life growing up in Pekin - where he was one of five children to a poor and widowed mother - helped shape him into the person he was and ultimately, had a significant impact on the history of our nation.

In this virtual presentation, White will discuss the life and accomplishments of Senator Dirksen, and his crucial work in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as we mark the 57th anniversary of the passing of this landmark legislation on June 19.

The program is free, open to the public and made possible through funding by the Illinois Humanities Council. It will be presented using the Zoom platform. Please register at

For more information, please contact the LaSalle Public Library at (815) 223-2341 or e-mail Rachael Blomquist at