Evanston honors Martin Luther King's legacy

MLK Program cover created by Y.O.U.

Evanston honored Martin Luther King Junior in ceremonies and tributes Saturady. ETHS hosted a Y.O.U. annual event, and the city held a celebration at Fleetwood Jourdain Center.  


Members of Diverse Communities United.

Youth and  Opportunity United, or Y.O.U., has been honoring King and his message through art and dance for 12 years. This year the focus also was on women and their role in the civil rights movement.

The youth-led event based this year's tribute on a line from a poem by Audre Lorde, “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.”

Lorde was one of the first black lesbian leaders in the civil rights movement. 


DCU Members Devea Williams, Nia Williams and Madison Corins performing "Warrier Goddess."

ETHS Diverse Community United members performed a stirring poem at the end of the show that earned a standing ovation.


DCU Warriors, Chute, and Nichols Middle School Y.O.U. members.

The show also featured original songs, short films, dance and artwork. The event was interspersed with videotaped interviews with black women leaders in Evanston. Artistic Director Sue McMonagle says about 75 kids have been working on the show since October. 


Diane Fanfan with Artistic Director Sue McMonagle.

The civic holiday on Monday means some changes to service delivery throughout Evanston. There will be no refuse or recycling collections on that day, so Monday through Thursday collections will occur one day later in the week than usual. Friday condo recycling collections will occur as regularly scheduled.

City facilities 

The Morton Civic Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Levy Senior Center, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, Chandler-Newberger Center and Evanston Ecology Center will be closed on Monday. 

Robert Crown Community Center will be open from 5:30 a.m. to midnight Monday, with office hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Evanston Public Library locations will be open.

The City's 311 Service Center will be open for normal hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

Parking meters and downtown parking garages will be free on Monday.

Northwestern University

The university will welcome Evanston elementary and high school students to campus Monday for a day of arts, crafts and discussion about Dr. King's legacy from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive.

And Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host Chicago-born engineer and business executive Don Thompson for a candlelight vigil with musical performances by Northwestern student groups and a post-event reception. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road.

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