For the second year in a row, IMAN leaders and volunteers brought in the New Year by hosting a restaurant-style, MLK Commemorative Luncheon free of charge to local community members. Volunteer families served a delicious meal and hot drinks to local students, teachers, parents, workers and business owners, and encouraged diners to reflect upon and document possible solutions to issues facing our communities this year. Crescent Foods generously donated 24 halal chickens for the occasion and volunteer families prepared wholesome side dishes and desserts.
IMAN sees immense value in using the transformative spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy to color and inspire the work that it does throughout the year. We stand on the shoulders of so many dedicated families and institutions that have fought tirelessly to ensure that their community was afforded the dignity and quality standard of living that it deserved. Our nation is experiencing both turbulent and exciting times and we continue to ask for your prayers and support this year, as we expand our programming and discover new ways to build meaningfully with the people and communities around us. With your help, we hope to continue to inspire and transform lives and neighborhoods in 2015—in Chicago and across the world.