Monday, December 15, 2014

Northeastern Illinois University will celebrate the life and accomplishments of Civil Rights Movement leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a series of events in January 2015.

At 4 p.m. on Jan. 15, Communication, Media and Theatre Assistant Professor Wilfredo Alvarez will present “What Makes the ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech the Greatest Speech of the 20th Century” in the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs.

In collaboration with City Year, University members and students will volunteer to create a welcoming and engaging learning environment for students through painting, construction and work on human service projects at Gage Park High School and Rachel Carson Elementary School on Jan. 19, MLK Day of Service. To sign up, contact Rae Joyce Baguilat at or call (773) 442-4686.

On Jan. 20, television personality, critic and “Who’s Afraid of Blackness? What it Means to be Black Now” author Touré will deliver his keynote speech, “Because He Lived,” in the Auditorium at 2 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.