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Y.O.U. to host MLK Day event

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Youth Organizations Umbrella will hold its ninth annual Diverse Communities United celebration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Martin Luther King Day, Jan, 19, at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall at 1490 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.

It's a free, community-wide celebration that engages youth and families from across Evanston and Skokie in performances and speeches that promote non-violence.

This year’s theme, One World, focuses on the ways that individuals can contribute to the larger community in honor of MLK’s dream for diversity and togetherness. The event will feature original songs, choreography, dramatic performances, and visual art pieces created by youth from all eight of Y.O.U.’s afterschool programs across Evanston and Skokie.

The young performers in this year’s show are receiving guidance from a talented group of coaches.

Chicago actress and Joseph Jefferson Award winner Susie McMonagle, who once appeared on Broadway as Fantine in Les Miserables, is serving as the lead coach to all of the performers.

In addtion Yale University’s oldest co-ed a cappella group, Redhot and Blue, will visit with some of Y.O.U.’s singers and best-selling author Wes Moore will talk with some of Y.O.U.’s young storytellers in the lead up to the event.

A free lunch and reception will follow the DCU performance at Lake Street Church, 607 Lake St. DCU is co-sponsored by Y.O.U. and the Music Institute.

Persons planing to attend can RSVP online.

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