Dear members of the campus community,

January and February offer a number of campus programs and events celebrating the cultural history and diversity that have shaped the University of Illinois and the world.

Please join us as we commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. One of the key objectives of this commemoration is to draw upon the Emancipation Proclamation and its legacy, along with the work of Dr. King, and to reflect on the meaning of freedom today. The Sesquicentennial is an appropriate moment to reflect on the progress and the work that remains in combatting involuntary servitude and fulfilling the promise of freedom throughout the global community. Featured events include an art exhibit of Jacob Lawrence's work, keynote addresses by Professor Thavolia Glymph and Professor Michelle Alexander, a performance by SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, and a Culminating Celebration featuring Dr. Myrlie Evers-Williams with performances by the University of Illinois Black Chorus and the Illinois Wind Symphony.

We are fortunate to be part of a campus where the arts and education so easily and beautifully intersect to create new ideas and foster different perspectives. I don't think we could find a better showcase of that creativity than we'll see in these upcoming events.

A full list of these opportunities with further information can be found at:

I encourage all members of the Illinois family to attend the meaningful programs that commemorate this historic occasion.


Phyllis M. Wise
Vice President, University of Illinois
Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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