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Martin Luther King Vision Day and Black History Month Events

2021 MLK Vision Day and Black History Month Events

Theme: “A Time to Break Silence”

Black History Month Events

The Langston Hughes Project

Thursday, February 4

7 p.m.

This multimedia concert performance and joyous celebration of music, spoken-word, and visuals is based on Langston Hughes's kaleidoscopic poem suite, “Ask Your Mama - 12 Moods for Jazz” -- Hughes's homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at the beginning of the 1960s. The poem is Langston Hughes’ response to the juxtaposition of the Black explosion in the cultural arts of the 1960s vis-à-vis the racial and social injustice of those times.

A question and answer session about the performance will be held on Zoom at 8:15pm following the concert.  Register here for the Q&A session.

Langston Hughes

Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. Black History Month Keynote

Wednesday, February 10

5 p.m. via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. 

Register here

New York Times Bestselling Author & Chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies. The Black History Month Keynote is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Nicor Corporation, and the City of Naperville’s Special Events & Cultural Amenities Fund.

Eddie Glaude, Jr.

Wednesday, February 17

African-American Read In (College Scholars Program)
5 p.m.

Join us for our Third Annual African American Read-In! Read-Ins are a great way of sharing literature with one another.  In addition to sharing literature, participants might also choose to sing, play an instrument, or display original artwork.  The works will be shared, within 3-5 minute’s time, by attendees, for attendees. ALL campus community members are invited! You can learn more about the National African American Read-In here.

Thursday, February 18

Black Alumni Panel Discussion (Multicultural Affairs and Black Student Association)
7 p.m.

Friday, February 26

Annual Gospel Extravaganza Concert (Voices of Praise Gospel Choir)
7 p.m. 

MLK Vision Day and Black History Month Events are sponsored by Nicor and BMO Harris Bank, the City of Naperville’s Special Events & Cultural Amenities Fund, and a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust.

MLK Vision Day 2021 Virtual Luncheon Live Stream

A Time for Change – Courageous Transformation
Speaker: Kijuana Johnson '94 Boulrece, therapist and community educational advocate

The luncheon is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Nicor Corporation, and the City of Naperville’s Special Events & Cultural Amenities Fund.

MLK Vision Day

Monday, January 18

Virtual Teach-In

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Teach-In is meant to engage the community in learning and conversation about topics such as race, anti-racism, equity, inclusion and Dr. King's goals of peace and justice.  Pre-registration is required.

Session Descriptions

The Teach-In is sponsored by Nicor Corporation and a generous grant from Healing Illinois, an initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust.

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Virtual Luncheon

A Time for Change – Courageous Transformation

Speaker:  Kijuana Johnson '94 Boulrece, therapist and community educational advocate
12 p.m.

The luncheon will be broadcast at 12pm on this webpage as well as on the North Central College Youtube channel. The luncheon is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Nicor Corporation, and the City of Naperville’s Special Events & Cultural Amenities Fund.

Kijuana Johnson '94 Boulrece
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