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     Here are some of the ways you and your neighbors can honor the  memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. here in Evanston this year.


Friday, January 13 

6:30 p.m.  An Evening of Celebration, Learning and Dialogue    Beth Emet Synagogue and Second Baptist Church come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rabbi Andrea London and Rev. Mark A. Dennis Jr. invite the public to the 6:30 p.m. Shabbat Worship Service, 1224 Dempster, Evanston. 

Saturday January 14 ­

10–11:00 a.m. – Let’s Talk: What Do MLK’s Words Say to Us Today? Talk with others from the community about what those words can mean for us today.  Join the conversation at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, 1215 Church St.   

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  NU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2012

In recognition of the community-building work accomplished by Martin Luther King Jr., Northwestern students will leave by bus to engage in service projects and neighborhood events in the Evanston and greater Chicago communities. It’s a day to reflect on MLK’s message of activism, and to put that inspiration into action. 

12:00 Noon   Evanston Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Community Center will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches. Guest speakers include Alderman Delores A. Holmes; Rev. Kenneth Cherry; former Evanston Mayor Lorraine H. Morton; and Jeanne Sparrow of WCIU.  Held at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.    For more info, please call 847-448-8254. 

7:00 p.m.  “Nurturing the Human Spirit for a World Made Whole”  Unitarian Church of Evanston hosts a jazz concert, featuring the renowned Junior Mance Quartet. For ticket information:   Unitarian Church of Evanston 1330 Ridge Ave, Evanston

Sunday, January 15 

9:15-10:15  First United Methodist Church holds the second installment of a three-part series, “Talking about Race – It’s Not as Hard as We Make It” for their adult members, facilitated by YWCA Racial Justice Manager Eileen Hogan Heineman.   

10:30am    St. Nicholas Catholic Parish   “Come! Open Your Heart: Dr. King, Vatican II and the 21st Century” 806 Ridge Avenue in Oldershaw Hall, the building at east end of parking lot.  

10:30am  Lake Street Church    Rev. Dr. Geneace Williams will be the guest speaker at our worship service.   607 Lake Street   (847) 864-2181  

3:00pm    PeaceAble Cities: Evanston, the Evanston Public Library, and Family Focus will present a showing of “The Interrupters” followed by a community conversation.  Film will be shown at Family Focus, 2010 Dewey.    Contact Joey Rodger at 847-475-5740.  

4:00pm   Author Amina Gautier reads from “AT-RISK,” the winner of the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award. Gautier explores the lives of young African Americans “at risk from themselves, their families, and their friends.” Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington, Community Mtg. Room  

5:00pm   Concert: The Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God  The 180-member male choral group performs traditional and contemporary gospel and jazz arrangements. Admission is free, with an offering will be taken up for the William Warfield Scholarship Fund.  Music Institute of Chicago,  1490 Chicago Avenue    Contact:   

Monday, Jan. 16

8:00-9:00am   Let’s Talk: What Do MLK’s Words Say to Us Today?  Talk with others from the community about what those words can mean for us today.  Join the conversation at the McGaw YMCA after exercising, or on your way to work or coffee.  1000 Grove St, Chinnock Lounge

9:30 am–Noon (Registration at 9:00)  Faith in Action Assembly   Join members of Grace Lutheran Church in Evanston to attend the Assembly, where people of faith will gather to call on the Governor and members of the Illinois General Assembly to act for affordable housing, job opportunities for people with felony records, and education funding and a responsible state budget. For info contact: Pastor Daniel Ruen,  

11:00 – 3:00 Diverse Evanston Walking United     (DEWU)                                               

Join us for Y.O.U’s 6th Annual FREE youth-driven event, which engages groups from across Evanston with local youth & families to create different expressions and thoughts promoting non-violence.  Performances: 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Music Institute of Chicago 1490 Chicago Ave, followed by a march to the McGaw YMCA 1000 Grove St.  for Panel Discussion 1:30-3:00 p.m. For additional info:                                                                   

11:30am   Join the Annual Interfaith Community MLK Celebration/Convocation  Events include an 11:30 march from First Presbyterian Church (1427 Chicago Avenue) to the Second Baptist Church (1717 Benson), followed by a Noon convocation, with the Rev. Dr. Raymond Hylton, Senior Pastor of  First Presbyterian Church, as the guest preacher. 

7:00 PM  NU Campus MLK Observance Musical performances by several of NU’s a capella student groups and keynote speech given by Tim King, founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies.  Alice Millar Chapel 1870 Sheridan Rd. 

7:00 – 8:00 pm  Let’s Talk: What Do MLK’s Words Say to Us Today?   Talk with others from the community about what those words can mean for us today.   St. Nicholas Church   806 Ridge Avenue