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Rundown of Events for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day 2020

Saturday, January 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At JEH Education Center, 1500 McDaniel

O&G Officer & Gentleman Academy, featuring officers from the Evanston Police Department and young men from Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School (ETHS) will host its fourth annual kick-off to introduce the new class of gentlemen.

EPD officers volunteer their time twice a week to educate, inspire, and empower young men to reach their full potential.

The event will include a keynote speech by Pastor Monte' L. G. Dillard, Sr. of First Church of God Christian Life Center, a special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a necktie tying demonstration.

Let the Officers and Gentleman know you're coming by clicking "going" on their FB event page.


Sunday, January 19, 3 p.m.

At Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road

Fourth Annual MLK JR. Evanston Interfaith Community Worship Service

This year's event, "Uniting to fight against the rise of antisemitism in the United States, will feature a keynote sermon by Michael Nabors, president, Evanston/North Shore Branch NAACP and Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Evanston. There'll be worship and theater arts by Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, Grace Lutheran Church, and Second Baptist Church.

Let them know you're coming by clicking "going" on their FB event page.


Sunday, January 19, 3 p.m.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center present Dr. MLK, Jr Day of Celebration featuring emcee Nia Dillard, keynote speaker Pastor Monte Dillard, musical selections by First Church of God youth choir, "Young Disciples," Evanston Children's Choir, and musical guests Anita Baker and Felicia Patton.

Let them know you're coming by clicking "going" on their FB event page.


Monday, January 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Evanston Public Library Children's Room

The Evanston Public Library will hold a day for families with young children and teens to remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Get free books, enjoy story-time, and listen to the "I Have A Dream speech."

The schedule of events:

11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Drop-In Peace Tree craft

12:45 p.m, and 1:45 p.m: Film: Martin’s Big Words (Friedberg Room)

1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m: Film: March On! (Friedberg Room)

2:30-3:30 p.m: Young, Black & Lit. will give away 150 children's books featuring Black main characters to attendees. YB&L's mission is to put books that center, reflect, and affirm Black children into the hands of local youth.

2:40 p.m.-3:00 p.m: Coretta Scott King Award Winners Story-time with Brian Wilson

3:00 p.m: Rev. Eddie P. Reeves’ - Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech

3:20 p.m: Community Sing led by Marlene Meyer

AGE GROUP: | Teens | Children | Adults |


Monday, January 20, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Interfaith Action of Evanston holds its Walk for Warmth, a family-friendly event.

Walk two miles with your family and friends along the route of the six faith communities that host IAE's shelter.

To register or donate, click here or call 847-475-1150

Monday, January 20, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Youth & Opportunity United presents "I am my Ancestors' Wildest Dreams

This is YOU's 15th Annual Diverse Communities United (DCU) celebration of peace, diversity, unity, leadership, and service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year's theme is I AM MY ANCESTORS' WILDEST DREAMS. Come watch youth-led performances from all 11 of Y.O.U.'s after school programs honoring the theme and the importance of the day. Reception will be held after. All ages are welcome, free of charge! Get all the info here.

Let them know you're coming by clicking "going" on their FB event page.


Know of other events and activities honoring Dr. King's life and work? Please let us know!

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