“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 16. Instead of taking a day off, “make it a day on” and commit to a service project or special activity in honor of his astounding legacy. Here are a few great ideas to get started:
1. Hear Geoffrey Canada Speak at the University of Chicago Celebration
On Thursday, Jan. 12, Geoffrey Canada will be the keynote speaker at U of C’s celebration. Canada is the founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York and a passionate advocate for education reform. The celebration kicks off Black Heritage Month at the University. The event is at 6 p.m. and is free. For information, visit http://mlk.uchicago.edu/.
2. Attend an African Dance class at the Joffrey Academy
Fun for all ages, the prestigious Joffrey Academy of Dance will present an African Dance workshop on Monday, Jan. 16 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his influence on human rights. The class will be held from 12:30-1:30p.m. in the third floor of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street; the cost is $10. To register, email reception[at]joffrey.org or call 312-784-4600 with your name and the number of guests in your party by 5 p.m. Jan. 13.
– Calling all crafters! On Monday, Jan. 16, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will engage in an in-depth conversation over breakfast on the legacy of MLK and the continuing challenges. Then, the group will put their words into action and engage in a service project, Operation Lap Wrap. The group will create comfort quilts for wounded service members, new mothers whose husbands are overseas in the military, and service members’ families and children for their hospital visits. The event will be held at the AKArama Community Service Center- 6220 S. Ingleside Ave in Chicago from 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., and brunch will be served. To RSVP, email mbell0415[at]aol.com or call Martha Bell at 773-374-2932.
– Start your spring cleaning early! One Good Deed Chicago partner Instituto del Progreso Latino will host a clothing drive for its client families on MLK Day. In preparation, Instituto is accepting donations at its 2520 S. Western Ave. location from 9 a.m. to noon every weekday through Jan. 13. For more information, call Yvonne Nieves at 773-890-8020 or email y.nieves[at]idpl.org.
Just added: Alternatives, Inc. is also hosting a clothing and supplies drive. For more info, click here.
For more, visit this great post from the Case Foundation.
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One Good Deed Chicago will be taking part in Chicago Cares’ Celebration of Service on Jan. 14 and City Year’s day of service on Jan. 16. Keep an eye out for photos and updates!