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Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Northwestern community members,

On Monday, Northwestern University will pause to observe the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, a time to celebrate his life and enduring legacy while contemplating our nation’s ongoing quest for social justice and equality.

We want to thank the Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Week Commemoration planning committee for its hard work in helping the Northwestern community find new ways to honor Dr. King’s work and set our own sights ever higher.

Our celebration begins Monday, Jan. 16, with the Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. candlelight vigil in Alice Millar Chapel. The vigil will feature Rev. Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors, pastor of Evanston’s Second Baptist Church. 

Save the date to also join us the following Monday, Jan. 23, for the Dream Week keynote address by Sherrilyn Ifill, former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Following her remarks, Ifill will participate in a moderated discussion with Sheila Bedi, clinical professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and director of the Community Justice and Civil Rights Clinic.

Please visit the 2023 MLK Dream Week website for the full program of events on our Chicago and Evanston campuses.

With each new year, we remain focused on Dr. King’s lessons in civil rights and the principles of racial justice. Today — and every day — as you consider his teachings and practice, we wish you courage in the daily pursuit of justice, equality and humanity.