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North Central celebrates the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 10, 2018

Every year, North Central College celebrates the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke on campus in Pfeiffer Hall in 1960. The College has continued to honor King—one of the most influential people of the 20th century.

Below is a list of activities for 2018 designed to honor and remember Dr. King:

Chicago Sinfonietta
MLK Tribute Concert: Ask Your Mama
Sunday, January 14, 3 p.m.

Pfeiffer Hall
$62, $49, $10/students

This Grammy-award winning, multimedia jazz/symphonic masterpiece is inspired by the legendary work of Langston Hughes. Marking the 30th anniversary of the MLK Tribute concert, this impressive performance is amplified by a diverse cast including orchestra, opera, jazz vocals, spoken word, archival audio samples and video.

Annual Prayer Breakfast Speaker
David Johnson ’07
Monday, January 15, 7 a.m.
Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, Judy G. Stevenson Ratio Hall (2nd Floor)

Free, RSVP to 630-637-5151 by Jan. 12

An award winning, internationally published photographer David Johnson ’07 will be the keynote speaker at the annual MLK Prayer Breakfast. Johnson’s work has appeared in award-winning global branding efforts, on the covers of magazines and in Times Square. In his keynote, Johnson will address what it is like witnessing life between today’s daily headlines and MLK’s mountaintop dream.

Lux Veritas Speaker Series
Rev. Steven Martin
Tuesday, January 16, 7 p.m.
Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, lecture hall 101

The Rev. Steven Martin serves as the communication director for the National Council of Churches. He is also a documentarian and activist and was honored at the U.S. Holocaust Museum for his work with the film, “Theologians Under Hitler.” Martin has worked with the Obama administration on the policy and social media campaign, “Know Your Neighbor” aimed at reducing religious-based bigotry. The Lux Veritas Speaker series engages the campus community in conversations with leaders whose faith motivates them to transform the world.

One Year Later: A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, January 17, 7 p.m.
Old Main, Smith Hall

Students and faculty with a variety of political beliefs and backgrounds will share their thoughts and observations regarding President Trump’s first year in office.


Can I Get a Witness?
Thursday, January 18, 5 p.m.
Fine Arts Center, Wentz Concert Hall

A visual representation of movements past, present and future.

Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker
Marc Lamont Hill
Friday, January 19, 7 p.m.
Fine Arts Center, Wentz Concert Hall

Free for North Central community, $5/public; tickets are available at the door or by calling 630-637-7469

Marc Lamont Hill is an award winning journalist, educator, television host and political commentator. He holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. His most recent book, “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable” was praised by the New York Times as “a worthy and necessary addition to the contemporary canon of civil rights literature.”

For more information, contact Dorothy Pleas, director of Multicultural Affairs at djpleas@noctrl.edu or 630-637-5156.