News January 13, 2017 | 0 Comment

Things To Do For Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017

We wanted to share some information about multiple events happening around the City of Chicago for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017.

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From IMAN (Inner-City Muslim Action Network): This MLK Day, dedicated activists, committed faith leaders and community members of all backgrounds will convene at Fighting Fear/Building Power: Renewing the Call for a Beloved Community, a powerful two-city event presented by IMAN. Taleb Kweli and Jay Electronica will perform in ATL and Chicago respectively. Thank you to our generous sponsor, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, and our fellow co-conveners Equal Voice Chicago and UCCRO. Click here to RSVP.

From DePaul University Join the DePaul community for this annual gathering honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating the culture and heritage of the African-American community. The community organizer, freelance journalist, and Hip Hop activist Rosa Clemente will serve as the keynote speaker. All are welcome and a buffet breakfast will be provided. Free, but registration is required. Click here for more information.

From Chicago On The Cheap Several of Chicago’s Museums are hosting free days, and other Universities are hosting MLK Day Events. There is also information about the National Day of Service. Click here to see more.

From City Year Chicago City Year Chicago will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service Event and we want YOU to be a part of it!
A thousand volunteers will come together to beautify and transform a great school in the Archer Heights Community – ! Volunteers will help transform Curie Metropolitan High School into an engaging learning environments filling the school with an environment of positivity. Through painting, construction, organization and human service projects, we plan to make 3,043 students smile.
All skill levels are welcome to join but we do ask that volunteers are at least 12 years old. For more information click here.

From Art Institute Chicago  Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us for a drop-in art-making activity and design your own symbols of friendship and peace. Registration is not required for this program. Remember, admission to the Ryan Learning Center is always free, and children under 14 always receive free museum admission! For more information click here.

From Human Rights Campaign MLK Day of Service is on January 16, 2017. We hope you all will join us once again in transforming this national holiday into a “day on, not a day off” meant to turn Dr. King’s teachings into a day of action across the country, and to deepen our commitment and connection to those in our community who are too often at its margins. One such challenge is homelessness among LGBTQ youth as well as non-LGBTQ at-risk youth. HRC and the Youth Empowerment Performance Project invite you to partner with us on a service project benefiting homeless and at-risk youth in your community, including LGBTQ youth. How can YOU make a difference? By donating items and volunteering your time. The deadline for donations is Fri. January 13th. Click here to learn more.


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 We will be co-hosting several film screenings and will be kicking off the month at City Winery for Happy Birthday Langston Hughes! Start Black History Month by celebrating the 115th birthday of legendary American author, activist and thinker Langston Hughes. The evening will include readings of Hughes’ poetry and music that he wrote, inspired and/or enjoyed. Special guests include Golden Globe Award-winning actress Regina Taylor; critically-acclaimed spoken word artist J. Ivy; the “Empress of Soul” Terisa Griffin; acclaimed actor Jussie Smollett, Chicago chanteuse and City Winery Chicago favorite Lynne Jordan; local poet, activist, educator and musician Malcolm London and actor Ashton Sanders. A live band will back the evening’s performers and a portion of the net proceeds will be donated to Donda’s House, a not-for-profit founded by Che “Rhymefest” Smith and Donnie Smith. Click here to get tickets.

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