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Celebrating the life and legacy

MLK Commemoration

The Northwestern University community celebrates Dr. King with an expanded special commemoration including events and projects throughout the month to inspire reflection on Dr. King's life and legacy.

MLK Commemoration 2024 Keynote Speaker

jonathan eig wearing eye glasses smiling at the camera in a light blue shirt and dark blue blazerJonathan Eig will be joined in conversation by Charles Whitaker, dean and professor of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

When: January 16, 2024 at 5:00pm CST

Where: Mary B Galvin Recital Hall,
70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Event is free and open to the public


Jonathan Eig is the bestselling author of six books, four of them New York Times best sellers. His most recent book, King: A Life, has been hailed as a "monumental…definitive" biography of Martin Luther King Jr. It was long-listed for the National Book Award and King was named one of the ten best books of the year by the Washington Post.

Jonathan’s previous book, Ali: A Life, won a 2018 PEN America Literary Award and was a finalist for the Mark Lynton History Prize. His works have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Jonathan is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School. He began his writing career at age 16, working for his hometown newspaper, The Rockland County (N.Y.) Journal News and went on to work as a reporter for The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Dallas Morning News, Chicago Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

2024 Events

Rev. Dr. Reginald W. Williams, Jr.

MLK Candlelight Vigil

Rev. Dr. Reginald W. Williams, Jr.
Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Univeristy Park, IL

January 28, 2024
5:00pm CST

Alice Millar Chapel
1870 Sheridan Road,
Evanston, IL 60208

Event is free and open to the public

Eva Jefferson Day Event

Northwestern students will lead a program of arts and discussion about the legacy of Dr. King for Family Focus Evanston students.

*NOTE - This event is open only to participants of Family Focus Evanston

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