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King Day events planned

Several Evanston churches, synagogues and other religious institutions have banded together to plan A Community of One, a series of community-wide events on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 18.

Several Evanston churches, synagogues and other religious institutions have banded together to plan A Community of One, a series of community-wide events on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 18.

All members of the Evanston community are invited to the events, which will be held throughout Evanston, for a day a fellowship and celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Participating institutions include: Beth Emet Synagogue, First Congregational Church of Evanston, First United Methodist Church of Evanston, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Lake Street Church of Evanston and Second Baptist Church of Evanston.

The day’s events will begin with a community coffee at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Evanston, 516 Church St. From there the group will assemble and depart at 11:30 a.m. for a Peace March to Second Baptist Church of Evanston, 1717 Benson Ave.

The Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation begins at noon at Second Baptist Church. Dr. Drew Smith, Director of Church and the Black Experience program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will be the keynote speaker at the convocation. Dr. Smith earned his bachelor of science in education from Indiana University, a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School and master of arts and a doctor of philosophy in political science from Yale University

The Evanston faith communities are calling upon each individual to make a personal pledge of peace through service for 2010, said Travis Clifton, one of the organizers of the event. A comprehensive list of service opportunities that support the Evanston community will be made available to those in attendance.

“By serving others we can perpetuate Dr. King’s dream and build a strong community. We invite all Evanston residents to come and be part of some or all of the day’s activities,” Clifton said.

For more information on the King Day activities, contact Karen Davis of Second Baptist Church at 847-869-6955.

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