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Keep the Dream Alive Event

Location: First UMC at the Temple, 77 W Washington St. and Daley Plaza across the street

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On Sunday, August 27, 2023 there will be two back-to-back events in Chicago to honor the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington and to lift-up the on-going work of seeking racial justice. 

United Methodist Congregations and friends are invited and encouraged to be part of this important way to stand up for racial justice!

Join us for one event or both!

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Worship & Musical Celebration 

First UMC at the Temple, 77 W Washington, Chicago
August 27, 1:30 pm

During “Keeping the Dream Alive” program, we will lift up how people of faith can still be part of the continuing struggle for racial justice.  Join us for inspiring worship and learn about what some United Methodist Churches are doing to act on our conviction that “racism is incompatible with Christian teaching”.  Light refreshments will be served prior to this gathering.

Watch a Livestream of the worship on Chicago: Temple's Facebook page.

Rally & March

Across the street from the Church at Daley Plaza
August 27,  2:30 pm

Join us to show your support for making a more just and equitable world!  We will take part in a traditional march and rally to make a statement that we are keeping the dream of racial equality alive!

Online Registration

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Sponsored by the Northern Illinois Conference Anti-Racism Task Force

For more information, please contact:  Susan Dal Porto, or Lisa Rogers, Lisa Rogers,

On August 28, 1963 – 250,000 people assembled in Washington, DC standing up for civil rights and racial justice.  This important day in American history featured stirring music, and inspiring remarks including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s unforgettable, “I Have a Dream” speech.

This event is meant to commemorate the work done by those who came before us, celebrate our churches and partnering organizations who are doing anti-racism work today, and march together on Daley Plaza as a visible demonstration that the United Methodist Church and collaborating organizations are Keeping the Dream Alive. We would love to have you join us at the event.

Is your church able to be a contributing sponsor for the event?

If yes, we are asking participating churches to donate $50 for refreshments, the Daley Center permit,  and other costs related to the event. All sponsoirng churches will be included in the event program that will be given out at the event.

News & Announcements

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