Illinois to celebrate Muhammad Ali Day with MLK on January 17th

Many suburban communities will mark yet another Martin Luther King Jr. Day with memories and festivities on Monday, January 17th.

But this year, Illinois residents will celebrate yet another champion of civil justice on the same day. January 17, 2022 marks the first celebration of Muhammad Ali Day in Illinois.

Reflects on MLK / Ali

The Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition, which fought to get Muhammad Ali Day recognized across the country, will host a virtual and personal dialogue from 1pm to 2pm on Monday about Ali and King’s models of hope, courage and conviction through extreme challenges.

Pastor Jesse Jackson will hold opening remarks. Maryum Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali, is a special guest. Speakers include: Aisha el-Amin, University of Illinois Chicago Associated Chancellor of Equity and Affiliation; Donald Lassere, president of the Chicago History Museum and former president of the Muhammad Ali Museum in Louisville, Kentucky; and coalition leaders Dilara Sayeed and Maaria Mozaffar.

To register, you must register at Contact no later than January 11 to get accommodation to attend the personal event. For more information, send an email to

Ali / King posters

The coalition is offering free 11-inch by 17-inch posters featuring Muhammad Ali and Pastor Martin Luther King Jr. to celebrate the first year in which both men are recognized across the country on January 17th.

Teachers and students requesting posters will also receive a toolkit for discussion and teaching that they can use in the classroom.

One donor ordered 10,000 posters to be delivered free of charge, and more than 2,000 posters have already been requested.

“We have received an amazing response from teachers across the state who have requested posters,” said Dilara Sayeed, president and co-founder of the Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition and a former teacher in Naperville Unit District 203. “We hope this memorial service will continue to help us share our American Muslim history. “

To order free posters, visit

Worship day

To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and King’s legacy of service, Cradles to Crayons Chicago collects donated new or gently used children’s items from kl. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, January 17th.

This year’s MLK Day of Service is expected to be the largest with more than 35 drop-off locations in the Chicago area and more than 145 registered volunteers sorting and packing donations. Winter coats, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, warm clothes and pajamas are accepted. Donated items will be distributed through the group’s service partners.

You can find purple contactless donation boxes in these suburbs: Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive, Buffalo Grove; Bank of America, 1301 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville and 1300 N. Arlington Heights Road, Buffalo Grove; Buffalo Grove Park Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove; Fry Family YMCA, 2120 W., 2120 95th St., Naperville; and Indian Boundary YMCA, 711 59th St., Downers Grove.

Virtual party

Aurora-based Agape Connections The 21st annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day will be held almost at. 14.00 Sunday 16 January.

Since 1991, the nonprofit organization has provided educational and cultural programs for children and youth from the western suburbs.

The event is open to the public. The guest speaker is Pastor Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, President of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Pollard is a scholar, author, consultant, and lecturer on religion and African American culture.

Tickets cost $ 75 and can be purchased at For information, call (630) 898-5333.

The works of Chicago-based Chinese-American artist Hope Wang will be displayed in an exhibition entitled "Heaven's idle plot" runs January 18 to March 1 in galleries at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

Chicago-based Chinese-American artist Hope Wang’s works will be on display in an exhibition entitled “The Vacant Plot of Sky,” which runs from January 18 to March 1 in galleries at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake .
– With permission from Hope Wang

Art exhibition

Chicago-based Chinese-American artist Hope Wangs works will be on display in an exhibition entitled “The Vacant Plot of Sky,” which runs from January 18 to March 1 in galleries at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

Wang’s work incorporates the architectural landscape as a malleable visual language in which building facades are eroded, edited and destroyed. She translates images of architectural “scars” into factory parking lots, construction sites and city commutes through computer-aided hand-weaving and careful printing.

A reception with the artist is set from kl. 16 to 18 on February 16 in the galleries. The event is free and open to the public.

Anna Marie Kukec Tomczyk

Anna Marie Kukec Tomczyk


Author and former Daily Herald reporter Anna Marie Kukec Tomczyk will talk about her book, “We Are Eagles: Inspiring Stories of Immigrant Women Who Took Bold Steps in Life through Literacy,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St ., Plainfield.

The book focuses on immigrant women who changed their lives after learning English at the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora.

Admission and parking are free. Registration is required at

Report on Islamophobia

That US-Islamic Relations Council, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy company, released its latest report on Islamophobia on Tuesday.

The report “Islamophobia in the Mainstream” identifies 35 major charities and foundations that have transferred nearly $ 106 million to 26 anti-Muslim groups between 2017-2019.

The report also describes more than a dozen anti-mosque incidents as well as anti-Muslim activity in schools, US politics and social media.

Different teachers

The ethnic and racial diversity among the country’s 6.6 million teachers has increased since 1990, but has not caught up with the diversity of students. About a quarter of all teachers are non-white and 9.4% Latino today compared to 16% and 4%, respectively, three decades ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau analysis.

Illinois’ teaching workforce is 82% white, 7.9% Latino, 6% black and 1.7% Asian. Its student population is 46.7% white, 27% Latino, 16.6% black and 5.4% Asian, 2021 Illinois Report Card data show.

Illinois schools added 1,251 more Latino teachers and 184 more black teachers in the 2020-21 school year. Latino and black teachers rose from 5.6% and 5.8% respectively in the 2016-17 school year to 7.9% and 6% last school year.

The Illinois State Board of Education has awarded $ 3.5 million in grants to support 100 colleges in creating a pipeline for future educators focused on recruiting future color teachers. ISBE is also partnering with the Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers on a mentorship and instructional coaching program to provide more support to new educators who began teaching during the pandemic.

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