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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 2023 Keynote Speaker

Sherrilyn Ifill

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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
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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.

2023 Events

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