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Keynote Address: Mariame Kaba

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Wednesday, January 13 | 4:00 PM central standard time

Location: Zoom

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*If Zoom registration is full, please come back on January 13th at 4pm CST and Zoom registation will prompt you to live stream.

Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator, curator, and prison industrial complex (PIC) abolitionist who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. Kaba is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots abolitionist organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. Click here for more.

Alpha Phi Alpha Candle Light Vigil: Hill Harper

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Monday, January 18 | 3:00 PM central standard time

Location: Zoom

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*If Zoom registration is full, please come back on January 18th at 3pm CST and Zoom registation will prompt you to live stream.

Harper is an award-winning actor who starred in the CBS TV dramas “CSI: NY” and “Limitless” and USA Network’s “Covert Affairs,” and alongside Will Smith in the film “Concussion.” He is the author of four New York Times bestselling books, including “Letters to an Incarcerated Brother,” and has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting.

Harper is the founder of Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship and grant programs.

Evanston Events

MLK Dream Week Keynote Event with Mariame Kaba
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 4 p.m.

In her MLK keynote address, Kaba will discuss prison industrial complex abolition as a vision for a restructured society based on care, cooperation and true safety.

The program will also include a video performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” performed by the Northwestern Community Ensemble and alumni in honor of the 50th anniversary of the ensemble’s founding.

Eva Jefferson Day
Monday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Candlelight Vigil: “Activism During a Pandemic and the Healing of Incarcerated Peoples”
Monday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m.

The first MLK Day at Northwestern was established in 1980, three years before the national holiday was established, by the Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Dr. King’s fraternity. This year’s Candlelight Vigil address will be given by Hill Harper, an actor, author, activist, philanthropist and Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

The Candlelight Vigil will also include a video performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” performed by the Northwestern Community Ensemble and alumni in honor of the 50th anniversary of the ensemble’s founding.

Each year, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Alpha Mu Chapter, raises funds for March of Dimes. Donate to March of Dimes / March for Babies here.