The New Bedford Mayor’s Youth Council presents a Martin Luther King Day Birthday Celebration at Global Learning Charter Public School, 190 Ashley Blvd, on Sun. 1/15 from 1-4 p.m. Doors will open 12:45 p.m. for the public.
This free event for local youth entitled “Empowerment through Expression” will offer an afternoon of inspiration, poetry and music, refreshments, community service projects and a raffle. Youth are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate at the door.
Day of Remembrance Celeb
Mayor Jon Mitchell is pleased to join with the Greater New Bedford Area Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee in welcoming the public to attend the “Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Remembrance Celebration” on Sun., 1/15, from 4:00-5:30 P.M. at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ at 635 Purchase Street in New Bedford.
Dr. King was an integral part of the Civil Rights Movement which laid the foundation for the theory and practice of inclusion and diversity in American society and around the world. Though he was assassinated in 1968, Dr. King’s dream lives on, touching the hearts and minds of people throughout the world.
The theme for New Bedford’s 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Remembrance Celebration is “# MLK Then and Now — Words for a new generation” and was selected by the committee as it continues to cultivate the millennial generation in civic engagement and civil rights.
The 2017 keynote speaker will be Toyan (TJ) Harper. He is the Mass. Conference’s new Associate for Racial Justice Ministries. Harper operated a racial justice summer program for teenagers in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area that assisted hundreds of area youth; and prior to that worked with the Strive Together Foundation, a network dedicated to improving educational outcomes for children.
Other program highlights include musical selections by the Deliverance Gospel Choir along with a community choir and student vocalists from New Bedford Public Schools. The program will also include the announcement of the 2017 Annual Essay Contest winners — a special feature of the annual event for the last 10 years. Dori Rubbicco will provide a special vocal performance to complete the program.
All are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Marci Pina-Christian or the Department of Community Services at 508-979-1464.
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