The City of Evanston and Northwestern University are planning a range of activities this month to celebrate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

City events will include a “Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” at noon on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. This event will pay tribute to Dr. King through music, dance and excerpts from his speeches.

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.

Events on campus will include a candelight vigil on Monday, Jan. 16, featuring poet, essayist, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University Clint Smith and a keynote address on Monday, Jan. 23, by former astronaut Mae C. Jemison.

Other events celebrating Dr. King this month in Evanston include Y.O.U’s 11th annual “Diverse Communities United” event at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, at Evanston Township High School.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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