Evanston’s Y.O.U. sets King Day theme

By: Pioneer Press Staff
Published: January 8, 2014

Youth Organizations Umbrella and a coalition of Evanston non-profits have announced plans for the eighth annual Diverse Evanston Walks United.

DEWU is a community-wide celebration that engages youth and families from across Evanston and Skokie in performances and speeches that promote non-violence.

This year’s theme, “What It Takes,” is aimed at remembering the actions of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement. It is also about remaining aware of the work that remains to be done in accomplishing King’s dreams.

The event will feature original songs, choreography, dramatic performances and visual art pieces created by youth from all eight of Y.O.U.’s after-school sites in Evanston and Skokie.

The event also will feature speeches by Y.O.U. alumni, youth development specialists, and a volunteer mentor. Alderman Delores Holmes and Y.O.U. founder Don Baker will be honored with the “What It Takes” Award for their dedication to serving Evanston and surrounding communities.

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., in Evanston. A free lunch and reception will take place following the event from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Lee Street Church, 607 Lake St.

The event is co-sponsored by Y.O.U., the McGaw YMCA, the Music Institute of Chicago, the Rotary Club of Evanston and Whole Foods. The event is free and open to the public.

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