MLK Memorial Dinner, Concert Returns to Schaumburg November 13th

Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations 52. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dinner and concert will be at. 19.00 on 13 November at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg.

The theme is “Dr. King and His Music” with a 90-minute concert by five-time Grammy Award-winning artists The Five Blind Boys of Alabama.

The group has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has performed at the World’s Fair, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the White House and throughout the United States and Europe. It has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards and honored by the National Endowment of the Arts. Well-known artists including Prince, Willie Nelson and the Oak Ridge Boys have embraced the group’s musical style.

“It’s a goodness,” said George Motto, 79, event marketing director and a retired specialist in endocrinology and metabolism from Arlington Heights.

It’s French for genius.

“It means courtesy, to get together, talk, work things out,” Motto said. “It’s not a protest. We’re not going to have endless drones of speeches.”

The Five Blind Boys, as black people with disabilities, represent the commission’s values ​​of inclusivity, said Motto, who has worked for diversity, justice and inclusion in Arlington Heights for years.

“This is a way to bring many people from government, business, individuals together to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who was truly responsible for the acceleration of the civil rights movement,” Motto said.

This movement has since helped all marginalized groups, he added.

“The agenda is to bring people together and try to create more understanding and get more people behind topics,” Motto said.

For tickets and information, call (708) 772-8752, email cbrooks@icdhr.org or visit icdhr.com.

Muslim report

The Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition and more than 100 partner organizations are collaborating on a study to create a snapshot of Muslims across the country.

Illinois has the largest Muslim population per capita. Inhabitant of the nation.

The survey questionnaire seeks input on members’ experiences and demographics, including topics such as mental health, suicide, drug use, and crime. All answers are confidential.

The research is conducted by the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois Chicago and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

The Illinois Muslims Report survey is funded by members of the community and organizations. Visit to take the survey IllinoisMuslims.org.


Aurora Deputy Mayor Guillermo Trujillo, left and ward 9 Alderwoman Shweta Baid enjoys a traditional Asian lion dance during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Midwest Asian Health Association, which opened its doors last week on Aurora's Pacifica Square.

Aurora Deputy Mayor Guillermo Trujillo, left and ward 9 Alderwoman Shweta Baid enjoys a traditional Asian lion dance during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Midwest Asian Health Association, which opened its doors last week on Aurora’s Pacifica Square.
Greetings from the City of Aurora

Asian health

The Chicago-based Midwest Asian Health Association has opened its new suburban satellite office on Aurora’s Pacifica Square, an Asian-themed lifestyle center with more than 30 Asian-owned businesses.

The non-profit organization, which was established in 2003, aims to reduce health disparities for low-income medically disadvantaged populations in the Midwest. It provides culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate services, including community education, outreach and immunization, affiliation with care, mental health services and research and policy advocacy.

Pacifica Square is a one-stop destination for shopping, food, business, service, leisure and entertainment. The Asian population makes up 9% of the population of Aurora and 19% of the population of Naperville.

The mall is located west of Route 59 and north of East New York Street opposite the Fox Valley Mall.

Immigrant services

Partners for our communities opens its new Amita campus from 2pm to 4pm on Friday, October 29, at 1515 Lake St. in Hanover Park.

Guest speakers include Hannover Park Village President Rod Craig and the state rep. Fred Crespo.

The Illinois Immigrant Welcoming Center has served the suburbs of the Northwest for more than 30 years. The group started in Palatine in 1999 and has expanded its programs to neighboring Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates and Rolling Meadows. It connects people with local resources and gives new immigrants a path to integration and success.

Scientific talk

Ebrahim Moosa will give a speech on Thursday, October 28, exploring “Madrasa: Traditional Islam in the Modern World” as part of this year’s al-Ghazali lecture at Elmhurst University.

The program is part of the university’s Religious Literacy Project.

Moosa is the Mirza Family Professor of Islamic Thought and Muslim Communities at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. Moosa’s expertise is in classical and modern Islamic thought with a particular focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology.

At Notre Dame, Moosa codifies Contending Modernities, a global research and education initiative that examines how Catholic, Muslim, and other religious and secular forces interact and promote greater understanding among these groups.

The speech begins at 19 in Frick Center, Founders Lounge, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged, at elmhurst.edu/cultural.

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