Celebrate MLK Day

Born Jan. 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr Day is celebrated the third Monday of January with community service and art projects, retelling his famed “I Have A Dream” speech, films and singing.  

MLK and Civil rights. (Photo courtesy of the National Archives)
MLK and Civil rights. (Photo courtesy of the National Archives)

These celebrations are a few of the gatherings Jan. 16, 2023 in the Chicago area plus one that is in Philadelphia, but also online.

In Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood the Chicago History Museum is celebrating from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an opening ceremony followed by a sing-along then a fair. For the schedule and other details visit Chicago History Museum, MLK Day.  The museum also has a temporary exhibit called “Remembering Dr. King.” The Chicago History Museum borders the park at 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago.

In Evanston, Diverse Communities United is holding a youth led multimedia showcase and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy called “It Starts With Me.” The event runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston. It’s free but find it and reserve a spot at Eventbrite Diverse communities United

In Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood the Hyde Park Art Center is hosting “Southside Stories” from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. in collaboration with South Side Spaces, Arts + Public Life, Court Theater, Intonation and Lumpen Radio.  The Hyde Park Art Center 5020 South Cornell Avenue Chicago. The event is free but check reservations at Eventbrite Southside Stories.

Online find a Martin Luther King Jr. Day program at the National Constitution Center.  There is a look/discussion of his speech at 11:45 a.m and 1:45 p.m. ET and a family concert at 12:45 and 2:45 p.m. ET. The programs are free but need registration. The Constitution Center and Museum is 525 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA (215) 409-6600.

Register Here for 11:45 a.m. ET program Register Here for 1:45 p.m. ET program. Register Here for the 12:45 p.m. ET performance and Register Here for the 2:45 p.m. ET performance.

For more Martin Luther King, Jr. background visit MLK Memorial National Park Service.

Jodie Jacobs