MLK Community Peace Pledge Day

A Community of One, the City of Evanston, several not-for-profit organizations and faith based organizations invite the community to participate in the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Peace Pledge Day on Jan. 17.  

The day begins with a community coffee and service fair from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Evanston, 516 Church Street. A peace march to the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., follows. There the group will join Y.O.U. Inc. in its fifth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration “Diverse Evanston Walks United” and proceed to Second Baptist Church of Evanston, 1717 Benson Ave. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. interfaith convocation will be held at Second Baptist Church at noon, with Rabbi Andrea London of Beth Emet the Free Synagogue as the keynote speaker.

Afterward, there will be a panel discussion on “Religion, Diversity and Keys to Community Building,” scheduled from 2:30-4 p.m. at Second Baptist Church. The day’s events will draw to a close with a Candlelight Vigil at 4:30 p.m., also at Second Baptist Church.

Collection bins for non-perishable foods to support Connections for the Homeless-Evanston will be available at all event locations. Additional information is available by e-mailing

At Fleetwood-Jourdain

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center invites the community to a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at 1 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Center, 1655 Foster St. The event will reflect upon the life of the civil rights leader, including a special message from Reverend Kenneth Cherry. There will also be music by the Christ Temple Choir and Soul4real. More information is available by calling 847-448-8254.

At Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church

On Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1109 Emerson St. will hold a Martin Luther King Service. Reverend Patricia Efiom, pastor, will officiate at the service that will celebrate, honor and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.