Remembering MLK

Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Each year, Chicago definitely does not disappoint when it comes to celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day. There are plenty of resources available to learn about the teachings and life of Dr. King. Here are some recommendations for media, memorials and more for today’s holiday and many after that.

I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King by Michael Eric Dyson

This book doesn’t fall into scandal material, or posthumous reactionary flash pieces, but instead thoroughly reviews the accomplishments and downfalls of King’s life. I enjoyed this book because of how well researched it is, and how it brings to light how comprehensive the span of King’s teachings were. For anyone looking to gain more knowledge based in truth on this MLK Day, I recommend this book.

An Unapologetic Dream: A MLK Day Celebration

Located at Green Line Performing Arts Center, 329 E. Garfield Blvd. (Today, 4:00-7:00 pm)

This intersection of performing arts and culture is a vibrant celebration for all, including a screening of a new film formed upon abolitionist themes and Black excellence in film. For family or friends, this viewing is sure to stun.

Family Event / Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Chicago History Museum

Walk-through activities and commemorative reflections pad out the schedule for this complementary (to Illinois residents) celebration. If you’re interested in expanding your understanding of Dr. King’s teaching while connecting it to the change being made in Chicago, this is the event for you. From musical performances, to poetry workshops, to panel discussions around equitable housing in Chicago, this event is sure to connect the legacy of Dr. King with the steps of Chicagoans of the future.

Last but not least: Get to work!

Day of service opportunities often pop up around commemorative holidays. Check in with your community and see if there’s a shelter, food bank, camp or public park that needs your help. Continuing in community service complements the vision of Dr. King for a just and equitable world, and thus a just and equitable Chicago. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the holiday!


By Leah Ollie, freshman at Butler University

Instagram: @leahgraceollie

Written by Leah Ollie

Leah is a senior at Whitney Young High School, and has been working with True Star since fall of 2020. She loves fruit smoothies and cats, and dislikes kale and action movies.

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