Dr. Martin Luther King was a catalyst, minister, activist and humanitarian for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
Because of this man’s efforts, he helped put an end to segregation in the South and other states and pushed former president Lyndon B. Johnson to pass the Voting Acts of 1965.
Unfortunately King was assassinated much too early right before he turned 39. He has received numerous accolades like the Nobel Peace Prize and is well known for his speech at the Million Man March, “I have a dream.”
All across the country we all pay tribute and honor the deeds and the sacrifice King made for the country. Lake County is no different. On this day, here are some of the Lake County Martin Luther King Day events occurring Monday, January 18.
Highland Park will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 7th annual day of service and celebration will include purposeful service projects and entertainment will engage all ages. Once again, the Honorable Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State, will recount his experiences as a student of Dr. King, and The Jesse White Tumbling Team will perform their amazing feats. Come hear Highland Park’s very own Lynn Epps performing a portrait of Dr. King. Also, the Edgewood chorus will be performing.
Celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. @ St. Peter United Church of Christ
Beginning @ 10 a.m.
Join St. Peter for a fifth annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and celebrate Dr. King’s message. This year’s topic will be “Who is my neighbor? Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy in modern social justice.” The keynote speaker is Mark Harris, who in addition to his full-time position as an attorney at The Boeing Company: is a member of the Board of Directors and Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Advocate Healthcare in Downers Grove. During the presentation, we will again be graced with song and movement. In the early afternoon (following the 10 a.m. program), we are offering several service project options for those who wish to put Dr. King’s spirit and message into action.
Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program @ Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel
Beginning @ 4:30 p.m.
In honor of the legacy of Dr. King, the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Program will feature a keynote speaker, gospel choir, a candle lighting ceremony, and student participation. More information to come.
Martin Luther King Day Special at Jump America @ Jump America
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Come out on Martin Luther King Day and jump all day from 11am – 8pm for only $18. Also enjoy $2 Hamster Ball tickets.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreamers’ Breakfast will take place at the beautiful Milan Banquet Hall. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via cash/credit card/Pay Pal at 414 S. Lewis Ave or 149 S. Genesee Street or online. The Event’s Keynote speaker is Dr. Boyce Watkins. There will be a special tribute to reflect on the life of President Nelson Mandela. In addition, a local youth will offer a youth prospective and entertainment will be provided by The Remedy.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service @ Waukegan Public Library
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Join Waukegan Public Library on the National Day of Service in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. WPL’s 2016 service project is Color a Smile. Color a Smile is a nonprofit organization that sends a smile to those who need it, from seniors in nursing homes to troops serving our country abroad. Color a Smile: 10am – 5:00pm, Lower Level. Stop in and have fun coloring one of the special art pages that will be mailed to Color a Smile. Join us for a special viewing of the film Hairspray at 1:30pm followed by Martin Luther King Jr. Storytime: 3:30 – 4:00pm at the Early Learning Center