4th Annual MLK Day of Service Multi-Generational Celebration Comes To Highland Park
On Monday January 21, 2013 Highland Park will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 4th annual day of service and celebration. Multi-generational community activities will be offered to honor his life devoted to equality, social justice, economic advancement and opportunity for all. Dr. King recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. The local event is free and sponsored by the Highland Park Human Relations Commission and North Shore School District 112, and is one of many national events taking place on the same day.
“The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community action that helps meet national challenges on issues such as increasing economic opportunity, education, supporting veterans and military families, and help communities for and recover from disaster,” reports the Corporations for National and Community Service and The King Center. “People of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to serve on King Day, and to make the day the beginning of an ongoing commitment to a cause that is meaningful to them and address a need in their communities,” furthers CNCS.
The Highland Park event will feature the McCormick Foundation Freedom Express Museum, a traveling exhibit devoted to the study and awareness of First Amendment rights. The day will include activities for children of all ages, as well as service and learning opportunities for the entire community. Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood, Highland Park Volunteer Pool, the Highwood Fire Department, Edgewood Middle School Chorus, Operation Support Our Troops, Project Linus and PADS will all be on hand. North Shore Health Clinic will offer free blood sugar screenings. Finally, don’t miss Aaron Freeman, radio commentator, comedian and author as he puts his comedic take on Dr. King’s “Dream” from10:30 to11:15.
The celebration and service events will be held on Monday January 21, 2013 at the Highland Park Recreation Center from 10 am to 1 pm. Additional information can be obtained at http://tinyurl.com/mlknssd or through event organizer Cheryl Levi at email@example.com.
“This Multi Generational celebration is one of the only large scale MLK Day of Service opportunities in the Chicagoland area, and is shaping up to be an even bigger success than last year,” said Levi. “The day is not just about teaching our children, but also about how moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and even grandparents can be a part of the dream. There is something for everyone here.”
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.