Revised MLK Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: rev. January 15, 2021

THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE FIFTH ANNUAL CELEBRATION FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY ONLINE

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation Presents the Fifth Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day called Listening to Generations of Local Voices.  The online event will premiere on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2 p.m. on the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation YouTube channel and will be available anytime afterwards on YouTube in case you miss the premiere. 

The presentation is a collage assembled from videos of Cape Ann residents interwoven with excerpts from speeches by Dr. King and John Lewis.  It will honor MLK, who lived his beliefs that all people are created equal and that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  It will also remind us as John Lewis did, to remain persistent and continue to listen to younger generations as our country faces systemic racism. 

We hope the video will inspire everyone to imagine what it must be like to be in the shoes of “the other” and to be humbled by what we don’t know.  More information is available at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org where you will find a link to the video, or simply go to YouTube and search for “Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, MLK Day Celebration 2021.”

Martin Luther King Day 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2021

THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE FIFTH ANNUAL CELEBRATION FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY ONLINE

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation Presents the Fifth Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day called Listening to Generations of Local Voices.  The online event will premiere on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2 p.m. on the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation YouTube channel and will be available anytime afterwards on YouTube in case you miss the premiere. 

The presentation is a collage assembled from videos of Cape Ann residents interwoven with excerpts from speeches by Dr. King and John Lewis.  It will honor MLK, who lived his beliefs that all men are created equal and that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  It will also remind us as John Lewis did, to remain persistent and continue to listen to younger generations as our country faces systemic racism. 

We hope the video will inspire everyone to imagine what it must be like to be in the shoes of “the other” and to be humbled by what we don’t know.  More information is available at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org where you will find a link to the video, or simply go to YouTube and search for “Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, MLK Day Celebration 2021.”

 

Seth Moulton in Gloucester Mass MLK Celebration Event then coast Guard next

Moulton’s 4th stop today for MLK Day. He said they’re all busy despite a late night for Pat’s fans 😉! He spoke about Lewis, Civil Rights, Freedom Riders, and more before the awesome  music next on the program.

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TODAY: GMF’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration 2019 is ON and here’s the program!

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Update from the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation:

2PM It’s on but use caution!

We regret that Meetinghouse Green is now frozen over solid and is not safe for parking or walking, so allow time to find on-street parking or use one of the lots in the Historic District.  The front steps will be clear and sanded but please exercise extra caution when coming up from Church Street.  You are also welcome to use the side entrance instead, close to the intersection of Church and Pine Streets, where there is an interior staircase and an elevator.

The 2019 GMF Martin Luther King Day Celebration event is in four segments separated by breaks with refreshments.  You are welcome to attend part or all of the Program:

SCHEDULE

  • 2:00-2:15 Introduction: ‘Why Are We Here? Sandra Ronan
  • 2:15-2:45 ‘Shadowed Lives,’ Effects of Slavery on Cape Ann Stephanie Buck
  • 2:45-3:00 Break with Refreshments 
  • 3:05-3:50 The Honorable Seth Moulton United States Representative, Massachusetts 6th Congressional District
  • 3:05-3:50 Alvin Foster and his band Soul Eclectic, music that underpinned Black people’s courage to be happy and celebrate life, love, spirituality and growth in the face of racism
  • 3:50-4:00 Break with Refreshments
  • 4:00-5:00 Keynote Speaker: Clennon L. King, ‘MLK’S Boston Years’ The award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Clennon L. King will present a slideshow, focusing on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s movements in Boston and New England, from the fall of 1951 to the spring of 1954, to be followed by Q&A with the audience
  • 5:00-5:15 Break with Refreshments
  • 5:15-6:00 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech accompanied by a slide show of period and present-day images
  • Conclusion Audience invited to join in ringing the Paul Revere Bell for freedom

This free annual civic event is hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation. GMF mugs, caps, totes, shirts, and memberships are available along with refreshments all through the afternoon and your support is greatly appreciated.
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Front stairs open but approach is icy. Approach from side entrance. Many have suggested a temporary winter ice skating rink on this glorious spot but not in this way.

 

 

MLK Day, from FOB Charles Nazarian

Martin Luther King Jr. Observance at the Gloucester Meetinghouse to Feature Discussion of Cape Ann Slave History, Black Leaders of the Abolitionist Movement, and Stories of Contemporary Refugee Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gloucester will reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cape Ann’s own involvement with slavery, the black leaders of the Abolitionist Movement, and examples of modern day oppression in an afternoon program on Monday, Jan. 15, in the historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church.
The program will include first-hand storytelling by refugees living on Cape Ann about the promise that America holds for them, brought together by the Gloucester Writers Center, and a presentation by historian Mary Ellen Lepionka about the fate of the Algonquian natives living in the 1600s near what now is Gloucester.
Also, Historian Lise Breen, whose research has uncovered the role Gloucester mariners played in 19th century slave trade, will speak about black leaders of Abolitionist activity in New England. Reverend Janet Parsons, the church minister, will talk about taking accountability for actions of Cape Ann predecessors who owned slaves, or engaged in the slave trade, and where we go from here.
Hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, this event is occurring as the nation prepares to observe, on April 4, the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. The program begins at 2 pm and is scheduled to conclude at 5:30. It will feature a talk on Gloucester’s diversity by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and end with the recording of Dr. King’s final sermon on interconnectedness. The audience will depart with the ceremonial tolling of the Meetinghouse’s Paul Revere bell for freedom.
The program is free with voluntary donations invited. Refreshments will be available.
This is the second city-wide observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday sponsored by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, a nonprofit entity founded to help preserve the 1806 Unitarian Universalist church meeting house. The church is recognized in the National Register of Historic Places as home of the first Universalist congregation in America, and for its role in establishing freedom of religion in Massachusetts and influencing adoption of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation president Charles Nazarian described next Monday’s event as “a rare opportunity” for Cape Ann residents to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, learn about both historical and present-day people of color with diverse identities, and rededicate themselves to the American creed that all persons are created equal.
The Meetinghouse is at the corner of Middle and Church Streets in downtown Gloucester and has easy access for persons with disabilities at the side entrance at 10 Church Street. Parking is available on Meetinghouse Green, reached from Middle Street, and in the parking lot of St. John’s Episcopal Church, reached from Washington Street.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: SECOND ANNUAL GLOUCESTER MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CELEBRATION

WHAT: AN AFTERNOON OF PRESENTATIONS ON THE MLK HOLIDAY hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018, 2:00-5:30pm

WHERE: THE HISTORIC 1806 GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church), corner of Church & Middle Street; accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street. Parking is available on Meetinghouse Green and next door at St. John’s Church.

PROGRAM:
Mary Ellen Lepionka, Cape Ann Algonquians’ fate after European colonization
Lise Breen, history of black leaders of the Abolitionist Movement
GWC Fish Tales, first-hand stories from refugees about the promise of America
Reverend Janet Parsons, accountability and where do we go from here?
Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken, commentary on cultural diversity
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his final Christmas Sermon on interconnectedness
Closing, tolling of the Meetinghouse Paul Revere bell for freedom

WHAT’S SPECIAL? A rare opportunity to gather in community to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, learn about historical and present-day persons of color with diverse identities, initiatives to study the history of slavery on Cape Ann as well as the black leaders of the Abolitionist Movement and rededicate ourselves to the American creed that all persons are created equal. This is the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr. King.

COST: FREE with voluntary donations, all welcome. Refreshments will be available.

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org
ABOUT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION: The mission of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is to preserve the 1806 landmark building, Gloucester’s last-surviving historic Meetinghouse, as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center.

RELATED MORNING EVENT: The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport holds its annual Peace March commemorating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in which members and friends gather at 9:30 am for sign making, followed by a march through downtown Rockport at 10:00 am, and gather after the march for hot cider and goodies, followed by a short worship service. For more information see: http://rockportuu.org/

GLOUCESTER EVENT CONTACT
Charles Nazarian, president
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
10 Church Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org
chasnaz@gmail.com 978-821-5291

A DAY FOR DOING, NOT A DAY OFF -Stevie Wonder’s Vital Role in the Campaign to Declare MLK Day a National Holiday

Dream and Hope go hand in hand 

 

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,

“What are you doing for others?” -Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK DAY

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PRESS RELEASE: GLOUCESTER MLK DAY CELEBRATION
WHAT: AN AFTERNOON OF PRESENTATIONS ON THE MLK HOLIDAY hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017, 1:30-5:30pm
WHERE: THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE (Unitarian Universalist Church), corner of Church & Middle Street, accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street

PROGRAM:
1:30 Mary Ellen Lepionka, Cape Ann Algonquians’ first encounter with Samuel de Champlain
2:30 Lise Breen, history of early African-Americans and slavery in Gloucester
3:30 GWC Fish Tales, first-hand stories about injustice and hope
4:30 Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken, summation on cultural diversity
5:00 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers the ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ on the CAC&S big screen
5:30 Closing, tolling of the Meetinghouse Paul Revere bell for freedom

WHAT’S SPECIAL? A rare opportunity to gather in community to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, learn about persons of color and diverse identities on Cape Ann, and rededicate ourselves to the American creed that all persons are created equal.

COST: FREE with voluntary donations, all welcome. Refreshments will be available.

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org
ABOUT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION: The mission of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is to preserve the 1806 landmark building, Gloucester’s last-surviving historic Meetinghouse, as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center.

RELATED MORNING EVENT: The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport holds its annual Peace March commemorating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in which members and friends gather at 9:30 am for sign making, followed by a march through downtown Rockport at 10:00 am, and gather after the march for hot cider and goodies, followed by a short worship service. For more information see: http://rockportuu.org/

GLOUCESTER EVENT CONTACT (not for publication)
Charles Nazarian, president
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
10 Church Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org
chasnaz@gmail.com
978-821-5291

Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit Massachusetts corporation qualified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. With this designation, contributions to the GMF are tax-exempt to the extent of the law with no goods or services received in exchange.

Peace- Love- Tolerance- GMG MLK Day Recognition

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Beth Swan Comes through with yet another awesome GMG logo design.

Beth writes-

Today is MLK Jr Day. It is about love, forgiveness, tolerance, and diversity. There is this awesome thing happening where people are taking the challenge to do 100 Acts of Kindness between tomorrow and Valentines Day.  Perhaps we should all be doing this anyway, but I think it’s great and the more focus we can have on that – the better!

Lesson Plan
Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness