Jan. 19 Noon-1:30 p.m. Evanston Day of Celebration honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. Fifth Ward Alderman Delores Holmes and retired mayor Lorraine Morton are scheduled to speak.
Jan. 20 5-7 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration concert at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave.
Jan. 21 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Diverse Evanston Walks United (DEWU) event at the Music Institute of Chicago, Nichols Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. This year’s theme, “Hear the Echo: My Voice, My Community, My Future,” is aimed at remembering, honoring, and responding to youths tragically lost to gun violence in Evanston over the last year. The event will feature original rap songs, choreography, dramatic performances created by youth and a keynote speech by Thomas Vanden Berk, CEO of UCAN (a child welfare agency in Chicago) and father of a 15-year-old boy lost to gun violence.
Free lunch and interactive workshops will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.
The event is co-sponsored by Y.O.U., the McGaw YMCA, the Music Institute of Chicago, the North Shore United Way, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and Evanston 150. It is free and open to the public; RSVPs are preferred (but not required) at https://youevanston.wufoo.com/forms/dewu/.
Jan. 21 2 p.m. Staged reading of David Mamet’s “Race” at Northwestern University’s Josephine Louis Theater. “Race” is a provocative play exploring racial issues, guilt and bold accusations. Free and open to the public, the reading will be presented by the Theatre and Interpretation Center (TIC) at Northwestern University. Advance reservations are recommended and are available by visiting www.tic.northwestern.edu or calling 847-491-7282.
7 p.m. Candlelight vigil at Alice Millar Chapel, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, with address by Illinois State Rep. Napoleon Harris. He is an alumnus of Northwestern’s School of Communication, a former member of the Northwestern University football team and the first-round draft pick for the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League. He is the newly elected Illinois State Senator from the 15th District.
Jan. 28 6 p.m. Keynote address commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Harry Belafonte, World-renowned actor, singer, civil rights activist and humanitarian who met Dr. King in New York in the 1950s. Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive. 847-491-5441.