Events planned to honor King
From Staff Reports January 18, 2013 5:52PM
Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech to a huge crowd gathered in Washington, D.C., during the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom (aka the Freedom March). | File photo
Updated: January 19, 2013 3:13PM
Call to action
JOLIET — Monday, Jan. 21, marks the 27th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. Across the country, Americans will answer King’s call to action: “What are you doing for others?” by joining in volunteer efforts to serve their neighbors and communities.
Political leaders, community leaders, nonprofit, faith-based, educational, neighborhood organizations and individuals in Joliet will lead community projects on the day, including painting, beautifying schools, serving meals and providing voter registration.
Residents of all ages and backgrounds will help advance King’s vision of equality and opportunity for all by making the holiday a “day on, not a day off.”
Volunteers are asked to register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-483-3056. For information, call R. Dale Evans Sr. at 815-549-5678.
St. Francis activities
JOLIET — The University of St. Francis will honor Martin Luther King Day with a series of events.
Sunday, students and faculty will participate in the “King of the Court” two-on-two, single-elimination basketball tournament at Joliet Park District.
Finally, USF and Community Services Council of Will County will co-sponsor the MLK Day of Service from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday.
The events are free. Contact Brenda Robinson at 815-740-3400 or email@example.com.
Joliet JC Freedom March
JOLIET — Joliet Junior College will hold its own Freedom March to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the main campus, 1215 Houbolt Road.
Students are asked to meet at the cafeteria at 11 a.m. Tuesday to march to the Bridge. Food will be provided on the Bridge.
Lewis Diversity Week
ROMEOVILLE — Lewis University will host Diversity Week from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1 to honor and acknowledge the legacy and beliefs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
All events are free and open to the public. Events include:
2-2:50 p.m. Jan. 28, Sancta Alberta Chapel — Keynote address by Jerome Blakemore, associate professor of justice, law and public safety.
6-8 p.m. Jan. 28, Student Union Commons — Lewis students will perform music, poetry and fine arts from the Civil Rights Movement.
11 a.m. Jan. 29, Sancta Alberta Chapel — Professor Timuel Black will speak about the link between King and President Barack Obama.
1 p.m. Jan. 29, Student Union Commons — History Professor Mark Schultz and Sociology Assistant Professor Tennille Allen will facilitate the film “The Witness,” based on the last few days of the life of King.
3:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Student Union Commons — Documentary, “License to Thrive: Title IX at 35,” will be facilitated by Associate Vice President for Human Resources Graciela Dufour; Chair of Sports and Exercise Science Karen Lockyer; Professor of English Nancy Workman; and Associate Director/Director of Compliance Melanie DeBoer-Brunsdon.
5 p.m. Jan. 29, Student Union Commons — “Tunnel of Oppression,” an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression.
2 p.m. Jan. 30, De La Salle Hall — Panel of Lewis faculty will discuss the book “At The Dark End of the Street.”
11 a.m. Jan. 31, De La Salle Hall — Associate Professor of Philosophy Elizabeth Hoppe will focus on Descartes’ thought of the human subject and its downside.
3:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Student Union — Carlos Serrato, director of Multicultural Student Services, will facilitate a California federal case that challenged the segregation of Mexican and Mexican-American students into separate Mexican schools.
For information, contact Serrato at 815-836-5538.