Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events
Signed into law in January 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday is a celebration of Dr. King’s immeasurable contribution to the United States, and to mankind. Celebrated on the third Monday of January, the King Holiday is a time when the nation pauses to remember Dr. King’s life and work, but also to honor his legacy by making the holiday a day of community service, “a day on, not a day off.”
Martin Luther King Day Events 2012
From Northwestern University to Haven Elementary School, various events to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are scheduled throughout Evanston for Monday, January 16th and throughout the rest of the week. Musical performances, candlelight vigils, and elementary school programs are among the many events of remembrance this year.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Center’s Day of Celebration Honoring Dr. King
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches. The afternoon promises to be inspiring, as well as entertaining, with Master of Ceremony Aubrey Marquez and special guest artists: The Evanston Children’s Choir; Ajoite Drum & Percussion and the Glass Family Drummers; Evanston Community Drill Team; Christ Temple Praise Dancers; bluesman Vince Agwada; recording artist Sakari; and the Fleetwood-Jourdain Singing Fourtet. Speakers include Alderman Delores A. Holmes, Rev. Kenneth Cherry and former Evanston Mayor Lorraine H. Morton. The special guest is “you & me THIS MORNING” personality Jeanne Sparrow from WCIU Channel 26 “The U.” For more information, please call 847/448-8254. This free event will take place at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. on Saturday, January 14 at 12 p.m.
African American Heritage, History and Authors at the Evanston Public Library
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr weekend, The Evanston Public Library is hosting four book programs and a documentary, each with a different take on contemporary African American life. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. More information is available by calling 847/448-8620.
Jan. 15, 4 p.m. Amina Gautier reads from “AT-RISK”
Winner of the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award, Ms. Gautier explores the lives of young African Americans “at risk from themselves, their families, and their friends.” Her appearance is co-sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Jan. 17, 7 p.m. African American Literature Discussion: “Disintegration: the Splintering of Black America”
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson describes a fragmented African American population comprised of four distinct communities: 1) the “Transcendents” (celebrities so famous that race no longer touches them); 2) the “Mainstream” (as in the Cosby show); 3) the “Abandoned” (underclass or urban poor); and 4) the “Emergents”, recent African and Caribbean immigrants and biracials. Mr. Robinson observes that not only do these groups differ culturally, but that their political and social interests may conflict. Covering everything from affirmative action to black fraternity stylings, this is an intriguing read.
Jan. 25, 6: 30 p.m. “The Interrupters”
The acclaimed documentary about violence prevention on Chicago streets. Followed by a discussion with CeaseFire violence “interrupter” Ameena Matthews, (recently named one of the Chicago Tribune’s Chicagoans of the Year), Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and other community representatives. This program is co-sponsored by Reeltime and the Evanston Community Foundation.
Jan. 26, 7 p.m., North Branch Library, 2026 Central St. North Branch Book Group: “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”
Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.
Jan. 29, 1 p.m., The Loft., Teens Discuss: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Time of Color-Blindedness
In anticipation of author Dr. Michelle Alexander’s Feb. 1 visit to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, The Loft hosts this discussion of her powerful book. Led by Seth Jenkins, president of the ETHS NAACP chapter, the discussion will focus on our nation’s destructive incarceration problem, its history and origins, racial aspects, and how to change it. (This discussion is open to teens and their parents or family members).
Martin Luther King., Jr. Celebration at Nichols Concert Hall
The Music Institute of Chicago honors the extraordinary legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at its eighth annual celebration of the legendary civic leader, featuring the renowned Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God. The 180-member male choral group, led by conductor Brian C. Rice, will again perform an electrifying program of repertoire offering traditional and contemporary gospel and jazz arrangements. This free event will take place on Sunday, January 15 at 5 pm in the Nichols Concert Hall. The Music Institute of Chicago is located at 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL. For more information, contact the box office at 847.905.1500, ext. 108 or visit the Music Institute of Chicago’s website: http://www.musicinst.org/nichols-concert-hall
Diverse Evanston Walks United Jan. 16
Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) is pleased to announce the sixth annual Diverse Evanston Walks United (DEWU). DEWU is an annual community-wide celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service that is held on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. This youth-driven event engages young people from across Evanston in performances and speeches that promote non-violence and making Evanston a safer place.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 16, 2012, at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall at 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. This year’s event will feature original rap songs, choreography, and dramatic performances created by youth, as well as brief speeches by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Superintendent Eric Witherspoon. One example of an original rap by an ETHS student that will be presented at DEWU is available at http://tweetmysong.com/bdku8a2.
The event is co-sponsored by Y.O.U., the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and the McGaw YMCA. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are recommended (but not required) at www.youevanston.org.
Annual Dr. King Birthday Celebration and Reflection at Martin Luther King Jr. Laboratory School
Please come and join us as we honor our namesake by celebrating his life, teachings and legacy. This year's theme is STAND UP! and Create, Promote, Respect, Support: A PeaceAble Evanston. We will also be learning about and reflecting on the new MLK Memorial Sculpture in Washington, D.C. This event will take place on Thursday, January 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Performers include the students of grades 5 through 8.
Martin Luther King Public Interest Job and Internship Fair 2012 for NU Students and Alumni
Martin Luther King Public Interest Job and Internship Fair 2012 will bring national and local employers from Non-Profit, Education, and Government to campus to engage Northwestern undergraduates, graduate students, and Alumni. Bring plenty of resumes! Please check CareerCat for the most updated list of employers as well as job, internship, and fellowship opportunities! This event is only open to Northwestern students and alumni. This event will take place on Tuesday, January 10, 12:00 to 4:00 PM in the 205 Louis Room at the Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive. For more information, visit www.northwestern.edu/careers.
Northwestern University’s Keynote Speaker Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr.
Featured speaker Dr. Carson is a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over a quarter of a century. This event will take place on Monday, January 16, 12:00 PM at Pick Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle. Tickets available beginning January 6 at the Norris Box Office - www.nbo.northwestern.edu.
Staged Reading of “Stick Fly”
It was a relaxing weekend on Martha’s Vineyard … until the baggage got unpacked. Meet the LeVays. When two adult sons independently choose to introduce their girlfriends to the parents on the same weekend, sibling rivalries flare, opinions clash, class distinctions divide and family secrets unravel. See an abridged staged reading of this wickedly funny, endlessly surprising new play by School of Communication ’92 alum Lydia R. Diamond, who is also a faculty member of Boston University and has had her works produced across the country. The show is currently being produced by Alicia Keys and directed by Kenny Leon on Broadway. This event will take place on Monday, January 16th, at 2:30 p.m. This reading contains adult language and content and it is recommended for adult audiences. For more information, visit: www.tic.northwestern.edu.
Candlelight Vigil featuring Tim King at Alice Millar Chapel
Musical performances by several of NU’s a cappella student groups and keynote speech given by Tim King, founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies. This event will take place on Monday, January 16, 7:00 PM, at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the MLK Planning Committee.