Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Chicago

This January 16th, Chicago has a lot of events to help celebrate and honor the groundbreaking work the reverend made during his lifetime and beyond. If you’re looking for ways to learn more about or remember the late Martin Luther King Jr., the city has a lot to offer. 

Visit the Chicago History Museum

On Monday January 16th, the Chicago History Museum will host an annual family-friendly celebration from 10:30am to 3:30pm, which will include a discussion about King’s activism in Chicago, virtual tours of the places he frequented, and hands-on history art. It’s a free event that everyone is welcome to attend! Learn more here. 

Join the Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center will be hosting their annual day of service on Monday, January 16th at the Community House in Winnetka from 11am to 2pm for interested volunteers. They’ve got multiple service projects to choose from that benefit local nonprofits, and will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on Dr. King, service and social justice today. Learn more about it here. 

Visit the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

The Museum is hosting a pop-up civil rights exhibit that features “Boycott,” a movie about the events surrounding the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. The MLK Day events also include a good court, children’s storytime, and live taping of elders’ memories of Dr. King. Learn more about it here! 

Museum of Science and Industry Creativity Family Day 

Join the museum on Monday from 9:30am to 5:30pm as they hold an annual exhibit showcasing innovations made by the Black community in art, science and technology, complete with an interactive art experience that mixes art and sound. Learn more here. 

No matter how you choose to honor Dr. King today, we remember the legacy he left behind and continue to fight for his beliefs today. 

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