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2019 Evanston Program

Maggie Anderson to deliver keynote address at MLK celebration on January 28, 2019


Maggie Anderson is the founder and CEO of The Empowerment Experiment (EE) Foundation and the author of Our Black Year.  Maggie and her family made headlines around the world for using exclusively Black businesses, professionals and products for an entire year.  This unique case-study in self-help economics showed how incremental increases in support for Black businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as for the mainstream firms engaging them as suppliers, vendors, franchisees and agencies, could have a dramatic effect on the Black community and the American economy as a whole.  This experiment would go on to be studied by Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. Sign language interpreted event.

Maggie Anderson's keynote address will take place on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, (40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL).  Doors open at 5:30 PM.


Eva Jefferson Day

Monday, January 21, 2019 • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Evanston students will come to Northwestern to enjoy a full day of arts, crafts and discussion about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Campus Observance: Alpha Phi Alpha Candlelight Vigil 

Monday, January 21, 2019  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Alice Millar Chapel - 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston
Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc hosts Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., entrepreneur, global business leader, educator, civil rights leader, NAACP Life Member, syndicated columnist, author and current President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). This annual tradition includes a keynote address from Dr. Chavis, and musical performances from Northwestern student groups. A reception follows. Sign language interpreted event. Open to the public.

Martin Luther King Jr. Service and Learning 2019

Freedom Leaves: Original play by senior Chloe Noelle Fourte

Sunday, January 20, 2019 • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Norris University Center, McCormick Auditorium

The story of Dom, a young African-American, who finds themselves trapped in the afterworld.  Not wanting to leave, but unable to stay, Dom must navigate the space between individual agency and supernatural forces to realize who or what is truly in control.


Day of Service

Monday, January 21, 2019 • 12:30 PM- 4:30 PM
Location: Depart from Norris University Center, Ground Floor
Northwestern students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in several service projects or join a youth-led community celebration.  We will be partnering with Ebenezer AME Church, Cradles to Crayons, and Youth & Opportunity United. Bus transportation and brunch provided.
Registration Required: Register Here

Chicago inJustice

Friday, January 25, 2019 • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Reception and action opportunities following
Location: Norris University Center, McCormick Auditorium 
Big picture overview of problems in the criminal justice system from local community organizers plus an introduction to way to get involved in reform efforts. Reception and action opportunities following.

Arts Fest

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Location: Harris Hall, Room 107
6:00 PM - Lift Ev'ry Voice: fast moving slam event providing a 'megaphone' for Evanston's Black student voices
7:00 PM - Reception, catered by Urban Tables
8:00 PM - We Shall Overcome: series of 10 minute plays on racial justice
Sponsored by Vertigo Productions and Leadership Development and Community Engagement

Campus Observance: Maggie Anderson

Monday, January 28, 2019  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Northwestern musical groups will also perform. Open to the public. Sign language interpreted event.  See the Facebook event for additional information.

Harambee: A Black History Month Kick-Off Event hosted by MSA and FMO

Friday, January 25, 2019 

Location: Norris Center, Louis Room

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Swahili for 'pull together,' "Harambee" is used as a rallying cry in Kenya for coming together and gathering resources.  Harambee kicks off Black History Month with various performances and food for all to enjoy. Sponsored by: For Members Only (FMO), Multicultural Student Affairs.


Opening Exhibit: The Block Museum

"Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa"

Saturday, January 26, 2019 • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

2:00 PM Opening Program [RSVP]

Journey to a Medieval World with Africa at its Center
Travel with the Block Museum along routes crossing the Sahara Desert to a time when West African gold fueled expansive trade and drove the movement of people, culture, and religious beliefs.  Caravans of Gold is the first major exhibition addressing the scope of Saharan trade and the shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe from the eighth to sixteenth centuries. Weaving stories about interconnected histories, the exhibition showcases the objects and ideas that connected at the crossroads of the medieval Sahara and celebrates West Africa’s historic and underrecognized global significance. Be among the first to see this exhibition which is a starting point for a new understanding of the medieval past and for seeing the present in a new light.