The Beloved Community of DeKalb encompasses people of different ages, nationalities, races, ethnicities, political beliefs, faiths, socioeconomic statuses, education levels, sexual orientations, gender identities, and, as will be focus of October potluck's discussion questions, abilities and needs.
Join us for a potluck dinner and bring a dish or two to pass (if you're able), and we will discuss our perceptions of and experiences with physical, psychological, emotional, behaviorial, and learning disabilities, difficulties, and special needs as well as ways to accommodate and include people with disabilities in our community.
Dinner immediately following anniversary service.
Tickets are $15 per person. See an Anniversary Committee member to purchase tickets.
Free admission (with valid Illinois ID)
It’s ID Day at the Field Museum! Bring in your rock collections, fossils, shells, bones, leaves, photos of birds, mammals, insects, and more, so world-renowned scientists can take a look at them and answer your questions.
Members of the DeKalb and NIU Communities are invited to walk together. A viewing of the documentary film "Bring it to the Table" will immediately follow at the Sandburg Auditorium.
- 5 p.m. - Gather in MLK Commons, on the NIU campus
- 5:30 p.m. - Walk*
- 6:30 p.m. - “Bring It to the Table” screening. This documentary offers a fresh, provocative study of political identity and how to reach for true conversation, civil debate and social activism in an age of immobilizing partisanship and deeply dug-in beliefs.
Light refreshments will be served.
This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the NIU parking garage and the visitor parking lot.
Sponsored by: Northern Illinois University; City of DeKalb; New Hope Missionary Baptist Church; DeKalb Police Department; Northern Illinois University Police Department.
For more information and event updates, including a route map, event-parking location and the documentary visit: go.niu.edu/unitymarch.
* To request mobility or disability-related accommodations, please contact Kelly Wesener-Michael at 815-753-6100.
The Beloved Community encompasses people of different faiths, different colors of skin, different nationalities, different political beliefs, different sexual orientations. It encompasses the young and the old, the rich and the poor; the abled and disabled, the educated and uneducated; it encompasses those who have and those who have not. It encompasses and intentionally seeks to include the weak and the voiceless in a place at the table.
These beloved community dinners, events, and conversations should intentionally reflect this diversity. Several faiths and many individuals have used the term beloved community, a term that Martin Luther King also decided to use. According to Dr. King, "The end goal of the civil rights movement is redemption and reconciliation; the end goal is a beloved community." The purpose of these dinners and conversations is to offer multiple opportunities for folks from all different walks of life to get to know and appreciate one another, to commit ourselves to "seek first to understand and then be understood", and to work together to move forward for the common good of our community.
This is a potluck dinner, but bringing a dish or two to pass is not a prerequisite for your participation.