The sixth annual Diverse Evanston Walks United (DEWU) will be held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., in Evanston. DEWU is an annual community-wide celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service that is held on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. This youth-driven event engages young people from across Evanston in performances and speeches that promote non-violence and making Evanston a safer place.  

This year’s event will feature original rap songs, choreography, and dramatic performances created by youth, as well as brief speeches by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Superintendent Eric Witherspoon. One example of an original rap by an ETHS student that will be presented at DEWU is available at http://tweetmysong.com/bdku8a2.  

The event is co-sponsored by Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.), the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and the McGaw YMCA. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are recommended (but not required) at www.youevanston.org.