MLK Day Events – Jan. 17-26

Saturday, January 17

Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
12 p.m. at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches. The day promises to be inspiring and entertaining, with many special guest artists and esteemed speakers. Admission is free and open to the public.

Day of Service
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Northwestern University

Northwestern students will engage in a variety of service projects throughout Evanston and Chicago area. During lunch students will have the opportunity to reflect over their experience. To sign up, click here >>>

Sunday, January 18

MLK Day Event with Insight Arts
1-2:15 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.

The Evanston Art Center and Insight Arts join in a program dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr.

“11 Months” Wrap Up Celebration
3 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.

“11 Months” of speakers, films, play readings and author talks, all focused on African American culture in the US concludes on Sun., Jan. 18. Please join us for a celebratory finale, with food from Curt’s Cafe, August Wilson scene readings from the theatre community, and a special performance by Evanston’s own S.O.U.L. Creations. We will also salute and thank all of the wonderful speakers and performers who helped make this past year so special.

To register for the event, call 847-448-8620 or click here >>>

Monday, January 19

Diverse Communities United – Realizing King’s Vision Today
11 a.m. at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave.

Join Y.O.U’s 9th annual Diverse Communities United, a community-wide celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service. The event is free and will feature artistic performances by youth from Evanston and Skokie who seek to realize Dr. King’s vision today.

MLK Day Celebration Movies: Martin’s Big Words and March On!
1:30-2 p.m & 2:15-2:45 the Evanston Public Library, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.

“Martin’s Big Words,” by Doreen Rappaport

Using quotes from some of his beloved speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. comes to life in this profound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one’s heart.

“March On!” by Dr. Christine King Farris

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the March On Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sister presents a personal, stirring account of the remarkable day Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and of the man who went on to inspire a nation.

MLK Day Program
3 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library, Children’s Room (First Floor), 1703 Orrington Ave.

Join us to remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Rev. Eddie Reeves’ moving interpretation of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

Campus Observance: Candlelight Vigil
7 p.m. at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd.

Student Oratorical Contest 
Time: TBD, McCormick Foundation Center, 1870 Campus Dr.

Chosen Northwestern undergraduates will recite their oration inspired by MLK. The winner will have the opportunity to recite their oration at the MLK commemoration keynote event on January 26th at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, January 26

Campus Observance: Keynote Speaker Michelle Alexander 
6 p.m. at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Dr.

Join us for this University-wide observance featuring music and performances by Northwestern student groups and a keynote address delivered by Michelle Alexander.

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