Martin Luther KIng, Jr., Day Celebration

2014 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration in Needham - What does Dr. King's legacy mean to you?


The Town of Needham has organized a joyous, inclusive, and befitting celebration to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will be held at the Needham High School Auditorium on Monday, January 20.  The doors will be open at 9:30 and the program will commence shortly thereafter at 10 AM - refreshments will be served. 


The event will serve as an occasion for people to honor Dr. King’s life and reflect on Dr. King's legacy. This gathering will also mark the fourth year that the Human Rights Committee, Needham Clergy Association––which counts almost all of Needham’s religious communities as members––and the METCO program of Needham Public Schools have collaborated to present this program.  The organizers are hopeful this event will catalyze our community to become more welcoming of diversity.  The theme and focus of this year's celebration will question what Dr. King’s legacy means to you. In light of this year’s theme, there will be musical performances by several children and youth groups. Michael O’Neil, a long-time resident of Needham, will serve as the Master of Ceremony for the event.  Dr. William “Smitty” Smith of Wheelock College and the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Race Amity will present the keynote address.  


Citizens who represent different voices, varied experiences, and diverse perspectives are wholeheartedly encouraged to join in our effort to increase equity, unity, and understanding in the town of Needham.  We encourage and welcome all members of the community to attend and look forward to seeing you there!


When:                                                                          Where:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day                                          Needham High School Auditorium

Monday January 20, 2013                                           609 Webster Street

Program will begin at 10:00 AM sharp                                   Needham, MA 02494

Light refreshments and conversations at 9:3 A.M.


Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeedhamMLKDayCelebration?fref=ts


Event Press Agent:                                                   

Adrian Grant                                                               

E-mail: adrianezragrant@googlemail.com            adrianezragrant@gmail.com


Other Contacts:                                              

Needham METCO Director:

Keynote speaker:                                            Joanne Allen-Willoughby, PhD.,

William H. Smith, Ed.D.                                               E-mail: Joanne_Allen-Willoughby@needham.k12.ma.usjoanne_allenwilloughby@needham.k12.ma.us

E-mail: d-jackson@comcast.net                                               


Chair of MLK Day Celebration:

Rebecca Drill

E-mail:  rdrill@challiance.org



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