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Numerous community events are planned in Evanston this month to remember slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was born on Jan. 15, 1929.

MLK Day of Celebration and Evanston Unity

Performances by the Evanston Children’s Choir, the First Church of God’s youth choir, “Young Disciples,” and musical guests Anita Baker and Felicia Patton plus a keynote speaker, Pastor Monte Dillard, will be featured at this event at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the newly-renovated Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.

NU Campus Observance: Alpha Phi Alpha Candlelight Vigil 

The Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will host the annual candlelight vigil at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road., which includes a keynote address and musical performances from Northwestern student groups. A reception will follow. Learn more. 

NU Campus Keynote, Tarana Burke

“Me too” Movement founder Tarana Burke shares the story behind the movement’s founding and offers strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment. Free tickets required for this event at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

Diverse Communities United

Diverse Communities United is Y.O.U.’s annual celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year’s theme is “I Am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams.”

The youth-led, family-friendly event at 2 p.m.Monday, Jan. 20, at the Evanston Township High School auditorium, will feature performances and artwork by students from 11 schools across Evanston and Skokie who seek to realize Dr. King’s vision today.

Evanston Public Library events

The Evanston Public Library downtown will host the following King Day events on Monday, Jan. 20.

  • A Drop-In Peace Tree Craft event in the Childrens Room. Make a peace tree of many hands together, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and pick out a free book.
  • The Martin Luther King Film Festival. View two short films based on the best-selling children’s books, “Martin’s Big Words” and “March On!” from 12:45 to 2:40 p.m. in the Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room for an elementary school overview of King and his leadership of American’s Civil Rights movement.
  • The Rev. Eddie P Reeves’ will re-enact Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech from 3 to 3:20 p.m. in the Children’s Room.

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