Monday, January 17, 2022
The Town of Lexington will hold its 29th commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its 9th Annual MLK Day of Service by shepherding our community to take part in assisting those in need. Our objective is to engage and mobilize people of all ages to participate in events and activities to serve others. United in philanthropy under the auspices of the Town Celebrations Committee, our target this year is to serve 2,500+ people through 700+ volunteers.
Unlike years past when we would volunteer in a gathered setting, we have adjusted this year’s MLK Day of Service to be a virtual Day of Service for most of our activities in order to keep our community safe and healthy. We hope you will take some time to join us online or in-person safely following social distancing and masking guidelines at this year’s events and activities.
MLK Day Program
- 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Online Commemoration Program and Musical Performances Opening Ceremony – Brief and uplifting performances by Nationally acclaimed poet, songwriter, author, educator and Lexington resident Regie Gibson performing his work, Lexington Middle School essayists on MLK and the Special Needs Arts Program (SNAP) Sing Along Chorus.
- 10 a.m. – 12.p.m Online Annual Community Conversation on Race: “The Purpose of Education – Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy with (Racially) Inclusive Curriculum”
- 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Online Service Activity for the Community. Join a virtual (online) interactive conversation that includes a short presentation by Mr. Ryan Hendrikson, Assistant Director of Manuscripts, who will introduce the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through materials from the Boston University archives. Teens joining the activity will earn Community Service credit. All welcome!
- 1:00p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Unity Walk: In-person Unity Walk from the Minuteman Statue at the Lexington Battle Green to Cary Memorial Hall.
- 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Online Dismantling Racism. Many of us want to be antiracist. Oftentimes, antiracism is conceived in ways that are unintentionally excluding many. We need to ask ourselves when we work toward racial justice, who all are we including? Join us!
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