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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, "Everyone can be great because everybody can serve." Observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday through service is a way to begin each year with a commitment to making your community a better place. Your service honors Dr. King's life and teachings and helps meet community challenges. Service also brings people together of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The MLK Day of Service encourages all types of service, particularly projects that have a lasting impact and connect participants to ongoing service. The most successful projects connect to the life and teaching of Dr. King, meet a pressing community need, and include time to reflect on his teachings.


The March at DuSable Museum of African American History and Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968 at Chicago History Museum

Attend MLK events and exhibits in your area

Chicago and the suburbs usually has family events to help commemorate the day. Check out our calendar to find this year’s events. We also suggest checking out these two MLK-related exhibits: The March at DuSable Museum of African American History and Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968 at Chicago History Museum.  

Participate in a service project

Did you also know that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is also observed as a day of service? Your family can make an impact for your community in honor of Dr. King with these service projects.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Day of Reflection and Service

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you’re invited to an exclusive conversation about the civil rights movement in Chicago, as told by the Urban Historian and TikTok sensation Shermann “Dilla”...Read more on United Way of Metro Chicago

Family Event | Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Commemorate the enduring legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at our annual family-friendly event. Join us as we reflect on his life and work—particularly in Chicago such as the Chicago...Read more on Chicago History Museum

An Unapologetic Dream: A MLK Day Celebration
Join us for a special program in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day, featuring films, poetry and discussion with South Side artists and activists. Hyde Park Art Center in collaboration with Arts...Read more on The Visualist


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SkyART's MLK Day of Service Clean-up
Join us on MLK Day for a community clean-up in Chicago. About this Event How are you planning to honor the legacy of Dr. King on MLK Day? SkyART welcomes you to join us for a day of service to the...Read more on


Read & Explore

From the Jones Library


The Obama eBump! 

Lots of JCP students checked out The Promised Land by Barack Obama in eBook and eAudiobook formats. 

  • Three great Young Adult reads I’ve enjoyed lately include Everywhere You Don’t Belong  (multi-user) by Gabriel Bump (a native of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood), The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, and Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.  

  • Examine this list with easy links to great titles provided by JCP and CPS HERE including single-user and multi-user eBooks and eAudiobooks purchased for the Jones community!  

  • Chicago Public Library released the Teen Best of the Best Books 2020 in late November. Click here to explore great Teen Fiction, Teen Nonfiction, and Teen Graphic Novels and Manga. 

  • Further CPS/JCP eBook guidance here and on the Books Page of the library website



Check out and read the book The Radical King, available as a multi-user eBook title in the JCP library. The collection features 23 selections, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, “that illustrate King’s revolutionary vision, underscoring his identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism.”