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 2023 Keynote Speaker
January 23, 2023
5:00pm CST Pick-Staiger Concert Hall 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 Event is free and open to the public
The keynote event featuring Sherrilyn Ifill can be viewed by clicking the link *Northwestern NetID required for log-in Sherrilyn Ifill served as the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) from 2013 to 2022, and currently serves as President and Director-Counsel Emeritus. Ifill, the second woman to ever lead the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, provided visionary and transformational leadership during one of the most consequential and intense moments in our nation’s history.
Among many honors, Ifill is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, and was named one of TIME Magazine’s Women of the Year. In 2021, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2021, one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year, honored with a 2021 Spirit of Excellence Award by the American Bar Association, and named Attorney of the Year by The American Lawyer in 2020. In 2022, Ifill will receive the prestigious Brandeis Medal, named for Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, and the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award.
MLK Candlelight Vigil
Rev. Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors Pastor of Evanston’s historic Second Baptist Church
January 16, 2023 3:00pm CST Alice Millar Chapel 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Event is free and open to the public
*To contribute to the donation campaign organized by the Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Mu Chapter for the March of Dimes
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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The Northwestern University began observing this day as a community in 1987.