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NU events to honor Martin Luther King

Northwestern University’s observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday this year will feature a performance by Chicago jazz legend Ramsey Lewis and his trio.

In commemoration of the late civil rights leader’s life and legacy, Northwestern will suspend classes Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Northwestern University’s observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday this year will feature a performance by Chicago jazz legend Ramsey Lewis and his trio.

In commemoration of the late civil rights leader’s life and legacy, Northwestern will suspend classes Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

At noon on Monday, jazz legend Ramsey Lewis will take part in an on-stage Q&A prior to performing new and old songs at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston.

Locally, the Grammy Award-winning composer and pianist also is remembered as WNUA-FM Chicago’s weekday morning drive-time radio host from 1997 to 2009. He continues to host the syndicated “Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis” radio program that airs in more than 75 cities across the nation.

The program will include remarks by University administrators and campus leaders. It also will feature performances by the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Northwestern Community Ensemble and Northwestern University clarinetist and saxophonist Victor Goines, Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music professor and director of jazz studies.

The event is free and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. No tickets are required. Pick-Staiger doors will open at 11:15 a.m.

Tony Award-nominated playwright Joanna McClelland Glass’ play “Palmer Park” will be performed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, and Monday, Jan. 18, at the Theatre and Interpretation Center’s (TIC) Mussetter-Struble Theater, 1949 Campus Drive.

In 1967, the worst of the race riots occurred in Detroit, resulting in the flight of more than 100,000 white city residents. But not every white resident left.

“Palmer Park” tells the story of one Detroit neighborhood’s struggle to uphold the ideal of integration. Directed by Rives Collins, Northwestern’s theatre department chair, this staged reading is part of the Big Ten university theatre initiative.

Both performances will be followed by post-show discussions with the creative team. General admission is free and open to the public; seating is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, contact the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, the annual Alpha Phi Alpha Candlelight Vigil at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston campus, will include a keynote speaker and musical performances by several Northwestern University a capella student groups. A reception in Parkes Hall will follow the program.

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