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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observances in Evanston

NU Campus Observance

Jan. 18, 3 p.m., Virtual

The Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will host the annual candlelight vigil tradition virtually. 

Nichols Concert Hall: Race and Identity in American Music Culture

Jan. 16, 3 p.m., Virtual

Stephanie Shonekan will explore issues of race and identity in American music culture in a keynote lecture at 3 p.m. on Jan. 16. She is associate dean of the College of Arts & Science and professor of music at the University of Missouri, and she earned a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and folklore with a minor in African American Studies from Indiana University. A panel discussion follows the lecture.

Nichols Concert Hall: Live-Streamed Concert

Jan. 17, 3 p.m., Virtual

The Music Institute presents a concert live-streamed from Nichols Concert Hall featuring Music Institute alumni, students, faculty, and special guests, along with students from the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI), which offers talented student musicians from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds a pathway to musical training (the Music Institute is an affiliate partner of CMPI). Mayor Steve Hagerty will introduce the concert, and Reverend Dr. Raymond Hylton, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Evanston, will offer reflections. 

Evanston Public Library Peace Tree Craft Kit

Jan. 14, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Head to the Main Children’s Desk at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., to pick up your peace tree craft kit in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Available while supplies last.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s MLK Jr. Day Virtual Panel: “The Shifting Narrative”

Panel Discussion by The Evanston Five

On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a panel of Black Evanstonians will have a spirited, thoughtful conversation about the history and future of civil and human rights in Evanston and in America. The four panelists, Katia Bell, Sarah Bogan, Alexis Harris-Dyer, and Kara Roseborough will be joined by moderator ETHS alum, 2017 NAACP Community Service awardee, and Northwestern University senior Nolan Robinson Jr. All of these dynamic young activists, The Evanston Five, are under 26 years old. Join via Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Interfaith Action’s Walk for Warmth on Wheels

Jan. 18, 11 a.m., Morton Civic Center Parking Lot

The Action Team at Interfaith Action of Evanston is organizing a car parade to show solidarity with homeless Evanstonians and raise money for the overnight shelter. The route will go past the six central Evanston churches and synagogues that are sheltering people this winter. Join this special learning experience for you and your kids.