Martin Luther King

When working at the graduate school at Wheelock College in Boston during 2000-2003, I was making some travel arrangements for a guest speaker. As I was working on these arrangements, noticed the name was a professor Christine King Farris from Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia. She asked me for an escort as she stated she never travels alone after what had happened to her brother. What an honor to have met this woman and she was so kind to sign a book on her brother who was Martin Luther King. I have kept this and feel honored to have it.
January 20, 2014 MLKJanuary 20, 2014 Christine King Farris

Reminder MLK Day


The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will host it 6th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, live on Zoom, on Monday, January 17th at 2:00pm. Please preregister at

The Racial Climate in Gloucester, What Lies Ahead will be the focus of the 2-hour program, including including findings of a new community survey. The keynote speaker will be Brian Saltsman, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion at Alfred University in upstate New York. He is a leading advocate of addressing community issues between dominant and marginalized racial, ethnic or economic sectors as allies, a process known as “allyship.”

The invited presenting organizations are:

  • The Gloucester Racial Justice Team, reporting on a survey that assessed how much people of color “feel like they have a sense of community and belong in the city, including how race and ethnicity play a role in their daily lives,” according to GRJT spokesperson Gail Seavey.
  • The North Shore Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) which most recently has focused on racism issues within Danvers High School athletic teams. A branch leader will discuss the North Shore branch’s activities across a region stretching from Lynn to New Hampshire.
  • The Diversity and Equity Committee of the Gloucester 400th Anniversary Celebration, which is researching narrative stories that accurately depict racial and ethnic relationships since European settlement began displacing the native, indigenous Pennacook-Abenaki peoples. This will include years of slave ownership and maritime commerce in the global slave trade.

A video of this program with be available on the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s YouTube channel afterwards. The Foundation is a nonsectarian, federally-recognized nonprofit, organized to promote the preservation and community programming of the historic 1806 Meetinghouse on Middle Street, home of the first Universalist Church in America. Tax-deductible donations are welcome and may be made on the website, or by check to “GMF” at 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Lantern Construction

Since our deck was needing repair we hired Jack Hogan owner of Lantern Construction.  Using local businesses makes a huge difference when doing any project.  Lantern Construction is extremely efficient and skilled.  We have encountered some issues such as carpenter ants and with skill of Lantern Construction we are getting through these issues.  They help with the permits and inspections and very important Lantern Construction calls you back. When the deck is done will post how beautiful it will turn out.

Lantern Construction 978-871-0430


The Happy Humpback is open

Rick and I went to the Happy Humpback Café on Sunday morning.  It was delicious. The staff was very helpful and friendly.  Highly recommend this restaurant and Magnolia welcomes a great café in the neighborhood.   The address is 2 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester, MA.  (978) 704-9080.  Enjoy