MLK Day holiday: Chicago honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with day of service

Chicago (WLS) - Chicago will celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday.

This is the 29th year that Chicago has MLK Service Day celebrations across the city, and one of the largest celebrations occurs at Parkside Elementary School on the South Side.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be joined by local and state leaders including CPS CEO Pedro Martinez and Governor JB Pritzker, among many others.

Nearly 400 volunteers will come together to help beautify Parkside Elementary by painting the school’s hallways and classrooms with inspiring murals of historical figures.

Last year, volunteers have been beautifying Tanner Elementary School, painting and organizing closets, as well as designing a mural.

Others spent the day building furniture and decorating the then-new headquarters for the “Girls Like Me Project,” an organization that teaches media literacy to African-American girls.

This year also marks the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington and his “I Have a Dream” speech.

The service project begins Monday mornings at Parkside Elementary at 10 a.m

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