Jan 15, 2014
2014 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CEREMONY SET FOR MONDAY, JAN. 20 AT ESCS
Annual Ceremony will include live entertainment, keynote address by
UMass Boston Professor Dr. Adenrele Awotona, American Red Cross Blood Drive and more
SOMERVILLE - Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, the Somerville
Office of Commissions and the Somerville Public Schools announce the annual
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration event, entitled, "The Dream: Equality for All,"
to be held on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of national Martin Luther King Day. The 2014
event will be held at the East Somerville Community School auditorium from 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m., and will include a keynote speech by Dr. Adenrele Awotona, Professor
of Urban and Community Studies at UMass Boston, as well as live music, readings
from Somerville student essays in response to the 2014 theme "Equality for All,"
and an award presentation to community members who exemplify MLK's legacy in
the Somerville community. The event is free and open to the public.
Additionally, the American Red Cross will join the City of
Somerville and MLK Jr. Day Committee for the second annual "Day of Service" and
blood drive at the East Somerville Community School. The American Red Cross
mobile unit will be stationed outside of the school from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To
make an appointment, please call 1-800-733-RED-CROSS, or visit
redcrossblood.org. Attendees are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food
items for the event's Food Drive for local food pantries as part of the Day of
day's events will include live performances by El Sistema Somerville, the
Somerville High School Dance Team, and Interfaith Pick Up Choir. Pizza and refreshments
will be served following the event.
The 2014 featured speaker, Dr. Awotona, is the Director of
the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters and a
Professor of Urban and Community Studies at UMass Boston. He is a former dean
of the College of Public and Community Service at UMass. Dr. Awotona earned his
doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and holds
numerous other higher education certificates from colleges and universities
including Cornell University and Harvard University. He currently serves as
Graduate Program Director of the Global Post-Disaster Studies: Reconstruction
with Vulnerable Populations Graduate Certificate Program, the Director of the
Global Post-Disaster Reconstruction and Management Certificate Program, and the
Director of the CRSCAD Summer Institute in China.
The event is organized in cooperation with the City of
Somerville Health Department, Somerville Public Schools, the Somerville Human
Rights Commission, the Community Action Agency of Somerville, The Welcome
Project, the Somerville Commission for Women, the Somerville Fair Housing
Commission, the Somerville Commission for People with Disabilities, and
Elizabeth Peabody House.
Special thanks to the Somerville Public Schools and
Cambridge Portuguese Credit Union for their support and sponsorship of the 2014
For more information, please contact Director of the Office
of Somerville Commissions Sonja Darai
at 617-625-6600 ext 2406, or SDaraisomervillema [dot] gov.