Northwestern University will suspend classes Monday for a university-wide, full-day observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Legendary soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples will be the keynote performer at noon at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, on the Evanston campus.

The program will include remarks by University administrators and campus leaders and musical performances by the Alice Millar Chapel Choir, Northwestern Community Ensemble and members of the university’s Jazz Ensemble.

Free tickets for the event for the general public, with a limit of two tickets per request, are available at the Pick-Staiger Box Office. Any remaining or unclaimed tickets will be available in the Pick-Staiger lobby 45-minutes prior to Staples’ performance. Ticket holders must be seated by 11:45 a.m.

Monday evening Wayne Watson, chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, will be the keynote speaker for the 7 p.m. Evanston campus commemoration, the annual Alpha Phi Alpha Candlelight Vigil at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road.

Free parking on the Evanston campus will be available all-day on the upper and lower decks of the University’s two-level lakefront parking lot south of Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Parking passes will be required for all other lots.

Additional information is available online.

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