On Jan. 19 at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center the theme was “I Am Somebody.” Serving as emcee, Aubrey Marquez, who often asked the audience to repeat that phrase, said the occasion was “not only to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy but to celebrate us. He spoke of us when we were not allowed to speak.”
Fifth Ward Alderman Delores Holmes spoke about the value of listening to one another, and retired mayor Lorraine Morton described some of the pioneers in the civil rights movement who paved the way for Dr. King.
On Jan. 21 the theme was “Hear the Echo: My Voice, My Community, My Future.” At Northwestern University, both students and members of the community were invited to a staged reading of David Mamet’s “Race” and a candlelight vigil at Alice Millar Chapel.
On Jan. 28 Harry Belafonte spoke at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.