Want to honor MLK? Here's what to do in Chicago today

Want to honor MLK? Here's what to do in Chicago today

Looking to honor the slain civil rights leader today? Here's a handful of events going on around the city celebrating King's legacy and carrying on his fight for justice. If you're looking for a last minute service project, you can participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by finding a local one here.

Communities United Against Eviction  is canvassing Chicago neighborhoods, helping people to fight evictions and foreclosures. The group will train volunteers beginning at 10 a.m. at the Sankofa Fight Back Center for Human Rights at 401 E. 75th St. Afterward, volunteers will head out to different communities to talk to homeowners about their options if they face foreclosure.

March for Moratorium on Deportations: Starting at Daley Plaza at 50 W. Washington St. at 11 a.m.,  Chicago's immigrant community will march to call for a moratorium on deportations. Speakers will include family members of those in detention, clergy and leaders in the immigrant rights community.

Chicago Sinfonetta's Annual Tribute to MLK: The Chicago Sinfonetta will perform at Symphony Center at 7:30 p.m. for its annual tribute to King, featuring a performance of "The Oak" by Florence Price, a black female classical composer.

Volunteers transform Lafayette elementary: Over 500 volunteers from City Year Chicago and the local community will come together Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to do improvement projects at Lafayette Elementary at 2714 W. Augusta Blvd., including work on the murals, painting and construction projects.

"Nothing without a Demand": A day-long celebration will begin at the DuSable Museum of African American History with a live screening of President Barack Obama's inauguration. After that, the museum's galleries will feature  live actors representing historic black heroes, including Ida B. Wells, Elijah J. McCoy, Jean Baptise Pointe and DuSable’s wife, Kittihawa, as part of the new "Walking with Heroes" initiative.

The Power of Words: The Chicago History Museum will commemorate King with a family-friendly and free event that incorporates spoken word, performance, and craft activities. There will also be a live broadcast of the inauguration as well as a performance by the Writer's Theatre's one woman show, "The MLK Project" and a reenactment of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What does it mean, Dr. King? The Chicago Children's Museum will host four performances for children with interactive song and dance explaining the Civil Rights Movement and its relevance today at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m..

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Brookfield Zoo  Admission is free to the zoo all day and will feature a film of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech at 12 p.m.

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  • Nice list. I might try to take my kids to the history museum this afternoon.

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