Many Americans will have the day off Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s also an official Day of Service, encouraging Americans to give back to their communities in the spirit of Dr. King’s vision of the “Beloved Community.”
Here in Chicago, Dr. King led the Chicago freedom movement to fight for open and affordable housing.
United Way of Metro Chicago will hold a Zoom webinar Monday where local Tik-Tok star and urban historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas will share some facts about the movement in Chicago.
We asked Dilla how Dr. King’s civil rights activism is influencing the activists of today.
“I think one of the things that we’re seeing is Dr. King wasn’t afraid of the technology of the time, right, and so what was the then sort of new technology was TV. He didn’t shy away from being on film or stepping in front of the cameras to use his message, the activists of today need to be that same way with social media, right, so that’s one of the parallels I see just the willingness to use the newest available tools and the fighting and the other thing is just overall youth,” said Thomas.
Due to COVID-19, United Way of Metro Chicago is encouraging people to put together care kits for nonprofits.