Above / Martin Luther King, Jr., led the March on Washington in 1963, a demonstration from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial where he presented his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech for racial equality, freedom and justice for all. (Photo via World Book 1989 / Ebony Magazine)

Remember Martin Luther King, Jr. ( Jan. 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.


Naperville Public Schools Closed on Jan. 21, 2019

To commemorate Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21, schools are closed in Districts 203 and 204.


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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Week at North Central College

Chicago Sinfonietta annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 3PM Jan. 20

Update, Jan. 18, 2019 / Just in time for this weekend’s impending snowfall, Chicago Sinfonietta, the nation’s most diverse orchestra, invites Chicagoans to stay entertained during the snowstorm at its MLK Tribute Concert performance by offering half-off regularly priced tickets upon accumulation of a half foot of snow. Normally between $10 to $62 per ticket, guests are invited to use discount code SNOWDAY to receive the discount online, by phone or at the concert venue box offices for the performances, which is scheduled at 3PM on Sun., Jan. 20, at Wentz Concert Hall.

Original Post / North Central College presents Chicago Sinfonietta’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3PM Sun., Jan. 20, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

This season, Sinfonietta Project Inclusion Freeman Conducting Fellow graduates Kellen Gray and Kedrick Armstrong helm the podium for a breakout concert featuring Beethoven, Michael Tippet and more.

Tickets are $62, $49 and $10; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

MLK Prayer Breakfast, 7AM Jan. 21

North Central College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will take place from 7 to 8AM on Monday, Jan. 21. The annual event, hosted by the College’s Office of Faith and Action, will be held in Judy G. Stevenson Hall at the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center.

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, a Naperville resident and 2004 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School,  will be the keynote speaker.

“North Central College has a wonderful tradition of celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King as part of our commitment to be a diverse, inclusive and engaged community,” said North Central College President Dr. Troy Hammond. “Dr. King’s visit to North Central in 1960 is an important part of the College’s history. We’re honored and grateful that Congresswoman Underwood will join us as part of this special tradition.”

MLK Prayer Breakfast will be held in Ratio Hall at the Myron Wentz Science Center, 125 S. Loomis St. RSVP to cmarmstrong@noctrl.edu or (630) 637-5151 by Jan. 18.

Event Timeline
6:45AM         Event check-in
7AM              Event begins

  • Greeting – Rev. Eric Doolittle, North Central College Chaplain
  • Prayer of Thanks – Brian Rainville, North Central College Director of Faith and Action
  • Breakfast served
  • Special Music – North Central College’s Voices of Praise Gospel Choir
  • Welcome – North Central College President Dr. Troy Hammond
  • Scripture Reading – Joshua Simmons ’20, Co-President, North Central College Black Student Association
  • Speaker Introduction – Milia Harris ’20, Co-President, North Central College Black Student Association
  • Keynote – U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood
  • Prayer and Reflection – Rev. Eric Doolittle
  • Announcements – Dorothy Pleas, North Central College Director of Multicultural Affairs
  • Benediction – Samantha Bennett, North Central College Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs 

8AM             Event ends

Annual MLK events at North Central College honor the legacy of the civil rights leader to help promote better understanding for all.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in Carol Stream

The community is invited to attend the 20th Anniversary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at 7PM on Mon., Jan. 21, 2019. The celebration will be held at the Wheaton Christian Center, located at 610 E North Avenue, just east of Schmale Road, in Carol Stream. This free event will feature a keynote message by Dr. Sheila Caldwell, Chief Intercultural Engagement Officer at Wheaton College, a local children’s choir performance and more.

This annual event is sponsored by Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, the Village of Carol Stream, Wheaton Christian Center and Our Savior Lutheran Church. (Submitted by Fredia Martin, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Development and Events.)


MLK Week at North Central College

12:5 WORSHIP SERVICE / Keikhofer Hall, Koten Chapel, 12:05PM to 12:25PM Tues., Jan. 22

Dr. Donnavieve Smith, Associate Professor of Marketing will be speaking.  12:5 is a bi-weekly worship service – an encouraging time of Christian worship and community for students, faculty, and staff. Lunch will be provided after the service.

COMMUTER LUNCH / Seager Hall Jefferson Lounge, 12:30PM to 2PM Thurs., Jan. 24

Commuter Programs will be providing a lunch of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite foods with Black Student Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT / Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Wheaton, 10:30AM to 2:30PM Fri., Jan. 25 

Participants will serve lunch at the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, a non-profit agency that provides housing, supportive services and community outreach to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. Sign ups will be at the WAC front desk.

PAINTING EVENT / Upstairs WAC, 6PM Fri., Jan. 25

Painting instructor and alum Vanessa Harrison ’16 will be guiding participants to create unity themed paintings. Refreshments will be provided.  Sign-ups will be at the WAC front desk.

Black History Month at North Central College

GOSPEL EXTRAVAGANZA / Wentz Concert Hall, 7PM Fri., Feb. 1

Our thirty-first annual Gospel Extravaganza brings together our Voices of Praise Gospel Choir and the best gospel choirs in the Chicago area.  Tickets are free for students.  For tickets, contact the box office at 630-637-7469.

WE SHALL OVERCOME, A CELEBRATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. / Wentz Concert Hall, 8PM Fri., Feb. 23

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Damien Sneed’s “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.  For tickets, contact the box office at 630-637-7469.


In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.  —Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Quotations are excerpts from “I Have a Dream.”

Complete text of “I Have a Dream” Speech