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Saturday ~ Jan. 16
At Noon the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m., there will be a community discussion on Dr. King, race, and the arts, with Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Insight Arts, Evanston Art Center, Making Evanston Equal Together (MEET), and Black Lives Matter Chicago.
At 4 p.m. there will be a screening of Spike Lee’s movie “Chiraq.” All events are free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 847-448-8254.
Sunday ~ Jan. 17
MLK Day Event with Insight Arts From 1 to 2:15 p.m. the Evanston Art Center and Insight Arts join in a program dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
Monday ~ Jan. 18
All Day Peace Tree Craft at the Evanston Public Library, Children’s Room, 1703
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Day of Service
Northwestern students will engage in a variety of service projects throughout Evanston and Chicago area. During lunch students will have the opportunity to reflect over their experience.
1 p.m. Diverse Communities United
At Y.O.U.’s 10th annual Diverse Communities United (DCU), a community-wide celebration held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 100 youth will take the stage and share their voices and vision for realizing Dr. King’s vision today.
Y.O.U. Executive Director Seth Green says, “At this time in our country, we are all questioning how to build a more equitable future, and this free and family-friendly event is a wonderful way for families to meaningfully reflect on Dr. King’s legacy … and message of peace and equity.”
DCU will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Evanston Township High School auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave. Afterward, there will be a free reception that will feature a gallery of artwork by Y.O.U. youth.
1:30 and 2:15 p.m. ‘Martin’s Big Words’ There will be two presentations of “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rapport – from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. – on Jan. 18 at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
Using quotes from some of his speeches, Ms. Rappaport makes Dr. King come to life in this biography about beliefs and dreams and following one’s heart:
In “March On!” Dr. Christine King Farris, Dr. King’s sister, presents a personal, stirring account of the remarkable day Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and of the man who went on to inspire a nation.
3 p.m. ‘I Have a Dream’
The Library invites the community to “remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Rev. Eddie Reeves’ moving interpretation of Dr. King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech from 3 to 3:15 p.m. in the Children’s Room of the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
Celebration at Second Baptist Church, 1717 Benson Ave. Church members, students from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and community members will discuss how to build a Beloved Community in Evanston according to the vision of Dr. King.
Candlelight Vigil at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd.