This was definitely a week of learning and new experiences. From celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, to walking around Chicago’s loop at 1 a.m. counting homeless persons, to seeing firsthand artifacts from the Holocaust, here is a look at the week that was:
January 18: I love MLK Sunday for many reasons, but singing this is definitely a highlight, because I think it captures the essence of Martin Luther King, Jr’s. legacy. And also, I got to sing it twice. Thanks, Fourth Presbyterian Church.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on til victory is won!
We sing lots of incredible hymns at church, but this one is in my top three. I love the melody, I love what the song stands for. #LiftEveryVoiceAndSing
January 19: Stained glass window at First Church of the Brethren.
Today is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Chicago YAV house is next door to the First Church of the Brethren, in which MLK was based out of when he worked on affordable housing in Chicago. I love walking by this window in the sanctuary not only because it is so colorful, but also because in the lower left hand corner is a depiction of Rev. Dr. King, in commemoration of his time with First Church of the Brethren. Today, we celebrate how far we’ve come as a nation, and remember how much work is still yet to be done. #YAVProgram
January 20: State of the Union Day! The day’s highlight, though– My roommate Teresa and I went with some friends to see The MLK Project: The Fight For Civil Rights, a one-woman show about a high school teenager on Chicago’s South Side who is required to present a project about MLK. The performer alternates between the persona of the young girl who is learning about the Civil Rights Movement, and various figures and leaders from the same time period. The acting was phenomenal, and really provides a unique perspective of the people who lived through the Civil Rights Movement.
“The State of the Union is strong.” And Chicago got a shoutout for offering free community college courses! Also, I love Chicago’s flag.
January 21: Downtown
Downtown, looking up.
January 22: Chicago Homeless Count
Last night, the City of Chicago dispatched over 300 volunteers to do a “point in time” homeless count. In addition to counting people in shelters, hospitals, and other public spaces, volunteers also went to specific neighborhoods to count people outside. This helps to create a “snapshot” which is then sent to US Department of Housing and Urban Development and determines funding for homeless services the city receives. The agency I work with sent quite a few people, myself included.
January 23: Community Day
For community day, we went to the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. In addition to a powerful collection of stories, artifacts, and first hand accounts of the horrific events of the Holocaust, the museum had a special exhibit on race and its history, privilege, and the ways that we use race to treat others as inferior. Exhibitions like this are so important, because to have progress in our future as the human race, we must understand and learn from the mistakes of the past. “Imagine all the people, living life in peace.” Wouldn’t that be something.
January 24: Capping off the week by celebrating multiple birthdays!
Fourth Presbyterian Young Adults have so many birthdays this week! So we had a mega birthday celebration last night. Such fun, so birthdays, wow