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Evanston community members, residents and visitors are encouraged to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at events throughout the city beginning Friday, January 13 through Friday, January 27.

On Saturday, January 14, the City of Evanston invites everyone to attend the “Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” beginning at noon at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, located at 1655 Foster St. This event will pay tribute to Dr. King through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches.

The day promises to be inspiring and entertaining, with many special guest artists and esteemed speakers. Speakers will include Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, former Mayor Lorraine H. Morton, 5th Ward Alderman Delores Holmes, and ETHS student and keynote speaker Alexis Harris-Dyer. Music and entertainment will be provided by the Evanston Children’s Choir, violinist Eli Ho, cellist Linus Ho, pianist Judy Chen, and Evanston Dance Ensemble’s Sidney Chuckas.

This event is presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Other events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. include a candlelight vigil at Northwestern University, Y.O.U’s 11th annual “Diverse Communities United” event at ETHS, and many more.

For details about MLK Day events happening throughout Evanston, visit cityofevanston.org/mlk or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.