CHICAGO — From supporting a push for new voting rights to discussions on mental health, several events across Chicago honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.
The civil rights icon who led marches across the country throughout the 1950s and 1960s will be observed with multiple community events.
NBA player and Chicago native Jabari Parker hosted the “MLK Day of Impact surrounding mental health” discussion at the Foot Locker on State Street at 10 a.m.
The City of Chicago held a COVID-19 vaccination event in Bronzeville as well.
At 10:30 a.m., the North Lawndale racial justice ride took place, which started at the Lawndale Christian Fitness Center on Ogden Avenue.
Online events are happening as well, including a roundtable discussion with the Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton and Rev. Jesse Jackson with the Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition.
At The Joseph Kellman Corporate Community School, located in North Lawndale,, Americorps volunteers rolled up their sleeves to renovate the building.
“Service, unity and community,” a volunteer said.
All of these events are geared towards honoring Dr. King while continuing to echo his call for action, which continues with the needs of the current generation.