MLK Day Events in Evanston – Jan. 16-26

Saturday, January 16
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.

Sunday, January 17
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.

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Monday, January 18
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.

Diverse Communities United – Realizing King’s Vision Today
1:00-2:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School
Join us for Y.O.U.’s 10th annual Diverse Communities United (DCU), a celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event will feature artistic performances by youth from 11 schools across Evanston and Skokie who seek to realize Dr. King’s vision today.

The event is free, family-friendly and open to all ages. A community reception will be held in the lobby outside of the auditorium immediately following the program, showcasing youth artwork.

MLK Day Celebration Movies: Martin’s Big Words and March On!
1:30-2 p.m & 2:15-2:45 p.m..at 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 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.

Presence Saint Francis Hospital Celebrates the Legacy of MLK
2 p.m. at the Presence Saint Francis Hospital auditorium, 355 Ridge Ave.
Rev. Mark A. Dennis, Jr. will discuss the cultural significance of King’s contributions and achievements, and the impact it has made in the 21st century. Soprano soloist Brenda Marie Turner will sing inspiring songs.

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: 4:00 p.m., Norris University Center’s McCormick Auditorium (1999 Campus Drive)
Three Northwestern undergraduate finalists will recite their orations inspired by MLK, with entertainment between orations. The winner will have the opportunity to recite their oration at the MLK commemoration keynote event on January 25th at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Please see the Oratorical Contest page for more information on contest guidelines.

Monday, January 26
Campus Observance: Keynote Speaker Diane Nash
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 civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash. Sign language interpreted event.

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