The Week Ahead (January 21-27)

In annual commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy, Northwestern will offer all students the opportunity to participate in a range of free service and learning activities throughout the week. Learn what’s happening across campus this week, including MLK activities and beyond. 

Day of Service 

Monday, January 21 — Classes are suspended on Monday in observation of the holiday. 

Leadership Development and Community Engagement will offer an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to participate in community engagement. Northwestern students who wish to participate must register online. Participants will have brunch at Norris before taking shuttles to respective sites — Cradles to Crayons and Ebenzer AME Church will offer community service opportunities, while Youth & Opportunity United will showcase youth-led performances and artwork.   

MLK Vigil 

Monday, January 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alice Millar Chapel 

Alpha Phi Alpha will host a vigil, open to students and the public, to help kick off a week of MLK programming with student musical performances and a keynote address. The address will be delivered by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. — an educator, civil rights leader and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. A reception will follow. 

Latinx Community Gathering 

Tuesday, January 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at MSA 

Multicultural Student Affairs hosts a monthly community meeting for Latinx students and student groups. Stop by MSA to meet new people, build community and share any important information about current events or news. 

Norris Ground Floor Grand Opening 

Friday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Norris University Center 

Northwestern Dining will be hosting a grand opening of the new Norris ground floor with all its participating vendors, including Budlong Hot Chicken, MOD Pizza and Patty2. The event will include DJ music, raffle prizes and free food samples, so make sure to stop by and familiarize yourself with Norris offerings! 

Chicago inJustice 

Friday, January 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Norris University Center 

To continue the week’s MLK programming, local community organizers will discuss issues in the criminal justice system. This event aims to increase understanding of structural racism as part of the criminal justice system, as well as foster more forceful and attentive advocacy.  

Other Events: 

Tuesday, January 22 

Wednesday, January 23 

Thursday, January 24 

Friday, January 25