Diverse Evanston Walks United

Y.O.U Presents “Diverse Evanston Walks United” (DEWU) at 11:30 a.m. at the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave. Please join us for Y.O.U.’s 8th annual, a community-wide DEWU celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership and service held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This year’s DEWU will feature original songs, choreography, dramatic performances and visual art pieces created by youth. The event will also feature guest speakers on the theme of “What It Takes,” in honor of the perseverance and resilience of civil rights leaders
After the performances, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., there will be a free lunch and reception with anti-violence activities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Evanston Public Library
The community is invited to participate as the Evanston Public Library honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20, with activities, talks and performances by and for all ages.

1:30-3:30 p.m., Children’s Room, Main Library
Children and their families can celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Children’s Room. They can create a Peace Tree craft and add to the “I Have a Dream Wall.” At 2 p.m., there will be a screening of two inspiring DVDs of two of the Library’s favorite Martin Luther King Jr. picture books: “Martin’s Big Words” and “March On.” Then, at 3 p.m., Reverend Eddie Reeves will present Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Reverend Reeves, is a resident of Evanston and attended the Evanston public schools. He has been performing his oral interpretation of this speech and many other Dr. King speeches for audiences and in competitions across the Chicagoland area since he was a teenager. He is a custodial engineer at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center.

3:30 p.m., Lobby, Main Library
The public is invited to watch one of four presentations of “The Words of Dr. King: A Choral Chant,” created by the teen theater troupe from The Loft. This original work is based on the writings and speeches of Dr. King, such as “Why We Can’t Wait” and the mountaintop speech. It emphasizes themes of justice and democracy and will also feature several elements of surprise for the audience. The piece will be performed on the half hour between 3:30 and 5:30 pm.

6-8 p.m., Community Room, Main Library
The Evanston Art Center in conjunction with Insight Arts will host “Down With The King: Observing the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Keith Brown and Craig Harshaw will lead this program, which explores the legacy of King through current visual culture and political moment. There will be screenings of the mountaintop speech and an excerpt of an interview from James Baldwin, along with work by two contemporary artists.Civil rights activist and author Myrlie Evers-Williams and internationally recognized atmospheric scientist and climate researcher Warren M. Washington will be the featured speakers at Northwestern University’s commemoration of the life and legacy of the late civil and human rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Mr. Washington will speak at the Alpha Phi Alpha Candlelight Vigil, to be held at in Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20. The week of campus celebrations will conclude Jan. 27 with a 6 p.m. program at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall featuring a keynote address by Ms. Evers-Williams and music and performances from Northwestern student groups. All events are free and open to the public.

Ms. Evers-Williams, the widow of slain Mississippi civil rights activist Medgar Evers, is the founder of the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute, an organization that promotes education, training and economic development.

Mr. Washington shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with scientific colleagues from around the world who were involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment, which provided greater knowledge about man-made climate change. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore Jr. also shared the prize.

Other Evanston campus events will include a staged reading of “Mogadishu,” by British playwright Vivienne Franzmann, at 2 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the Josephine Louis Theater; a Jan. 22 panel discussion on civil rights and social justice; a film screening of “King: A Filmed Record,” a documentary on Dr. King’s rise from regional activist to world-renowned civil rights leader, at 5 p.m. on Jan. 23; and, on Jan. 24, an Harambee, a Swahili-style get-together with free food, student performances and the presentation of this year’s Gardner/Exum Scholarship winners.

Day of Celebration at Fleetwood-Jourdain

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through music, dance, spoken word and inspirational stories beginning at noon on Jan. 18 at Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St. The day celebration will include special guests the Evanston Children’s Choir, Christ Temple Praise Dancers, Ajoite Drum & Percussion, Bluesman David Dupont, Jazz singer Faye Kaiser, singer and actress Cat Davidson, spoken word artist Rob Austin, Rev. Velda Love, Rev. Kenneth Cherry and more.