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2018 Evanston Program

Eva Jefferson Day

Monday, January 15, 2018 • 9:00 AM-3:00PM
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 15, 2018  7:00 PM
Alice Millar Chapel (1870 Sheridan Rd.)
Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc hosts Don Thompson, Founder and CEO, Cleveland Avenue, LLC. This annual tradition includes a keynote address from Mr. Thompson, and musical performances from Northwestern student groups. A reception follows. Sign language interpreted event. Open to the public.

MLK Days of Service and Learning

Day of Service at Gale Community Academy

Monday, January 15, 2018 • 8:30AM-1:30PM
Northwestern students are invited to participate in a large-scale service project to transform learning spaces at Gale Community Academy in Rogers Park with  other local university students and community members. Registration for Northwestern students and staff now OPEN.

"Inside Chicago"

Friday, January 19, 2018 • 5:00PM-6:30PM
Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive)
McCormick Auditorium 5:00PM-6:00PM
Buffet Reception in Wildcat Room 6:00PM-6:30PM
A discussion about Chicago’s racist history with local community leaders. Interactive, fast-moving educational program followed by buffet dinner in Wildcat Room. Free and open to the public.

Lift Ev'ry Voice

Friday, January 19, 2018 • 7:00PM-8:00PM
Norris University Center (1999 Campus Drive)
Buffet Reception in Wildcat Room 6:30PM-7:00PM
McCormick Auditorium 7:00PM-8:00PM
Lift Ev'ry Voice will be an open mic dedicated to providing a "megaphone" for black Northwestern students' voices. Participants are encouraged to share up to ten minutes of a play, a song, a poem, a short film, a speech, etc.  Submissions are closed. Email with any questions. 


January 18 & 20, 2018 • 8:00PM
Shanley Pavilion (2031 Sheridan Road)
Afrocensored by Amira Danan is a play that explores the lives of three black women from different walks of life. By way of travel through Paris, these women come to the realization that they may be less alone in their experience than they believed themselves to be.

Chains on Chocolate

Saturday, January 20, 2018 • 2:00PM & 10:00PM
Shanley Pavilion (2031 Sheridan Road)
Chains on Chocolate, a play by Elliot Sagay, investigates how slavery may have been molded into new forms throughout America's history. By touching different moments in history, the play aims to relate to the modern day through the lens of similar black men.

Campus Observance: Keynote Speaker Charles Blow

Thursday, January 25, 2018  6:00 PM
Ryan Auditorium (Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road)
Charles M. Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and CNN commentator, is the 2018 keynote speaker. Mr. Blow tackles hot-button issues such as social justices, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Northwestern musical groups will also perform. Open to the public. Sign language interpreted event.  See the Facebook event for additional information.


Friday, January 26, 2018 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Norris Center, Louis Room (1999 Campus Drive)
Swahili for ‘pull together’, the term "Harambee" is most often used as a rallying cry in Kenya for people to come together in community and gather resources. While Swahili is one of thousands of languages spoken in Africa and throughout the African diaspora, here at Northwestern, we ‘pull together’ in the spirit of community, history, and approbation of African, Afro-Carribean, and African American culture. Bringing together students, staff, faculty and alumni, Harambee kicks off Black History Month and features a variety of performances, music and food for everyone to enjoy. Sponsored by: For Members Only: Northwestern's Black Student Alliance (FMO) , Multicultural Student Affairs

Artmaking Event: Witness Quilt

Wednesday, January 31, 2018• 6:00 PM-9:00PM
Welcome at Block Museum of Art 6:00PM-7:00PM (40 Arts Circle Drive)
Sewing Circle at Segal Visitors Center 7:00PM-9:00PM (1841 Sheridan Rd)
Join Melissa Blount, Evanston-based artist and activist and creator of the Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt, to produce a new collaborative work of art. No sewing experience is required. RSVP appreciated at