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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Evanston Public Library

The Evanston Public Library (E.P.L.) will celebate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20, 2014 with activities, talks, and performances by and for all ages. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room in the Main Library, children and their families can celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Create a Peace Tree craft and add to the “I Have a Dream Wall.” At 2 pm, there will be a screening of two inspiring DVDs of two of the Library's favorite Martin Luther King Jr. picture books: Martin’s Big Words and March On. Then, at 3 pm, Reverend Eddie Reeves’ will present Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech”. Reverend Reeves, is a resident of Evanston and attended the Evanston public schools. He has been performing his oral interpretation of this speech and many other Dr. King speeches for audiences and in competitions across the Chicagoland area since he was a teenager. Reeves is a Custodial Engineer at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center.

At 3:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s Lobby. Watch and enjoy EPL's teen theater troupe from The Loft as they perform “The Words of Dr. King: A Choral Chant.”

This original work is based on the writings and speeches of Dr. King. Drawing from texts like King's "Why We Can't Wait" as well as the "Mountaintop" speech and others, this "choral chant" is arranged by teens and emphasizes themes of justice and democracy.

It will also feature several elements of surprise for the audience. The piece will be performed four times on the half hour between 3:30 and 5:30 pm. The first performance starts at 3:30 pm.

From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Community Room, the Evanston Art Center, in conjunction with Insight Arts, hosts a presentation and discussion to celebrate the birthday of Dr. King.

Keith Brown and Craig Harshaw will lead this program that seeks to situate the legacy of King through our current visual and political culture. Together we will watch The "Mountaintop" Speech, an interview excerpt from James Baldwin, Sherrilyn Ifill's address to Scott Walker, and view works by two contemporary artists.

Screenings that day will include the 1968 "Mountaintop" Speech delivered April 3, 1968 at the Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ-Headquarters) in Memphis, Tennessee, which runs twenty-three minutes; 23 minutes; James Baldwin’s 1963 interview on the Kenneth Clark Show, which runs seven minutes; and Sherrilyn Ifill, Law Professor at University of Maryland, "King’s Legacy for Gov. Scott Walker," which also runs seven minutes. The artworks on display will be In the Near Future, 2009, by Sharon Hayes and Condition Report, 2000, by Glenn Ligon.

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