Martin Luther King Day Commemoration Events in Cambridge


A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert and Program
Friday, January 15, 7:00 pm
Area IV Youth Center, 243 Harvard St., Cambridge

This program is being presented in partnership with Cambridge Youth Programs and Area IV Youth Center, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Cynthia Woods, Music Director.  For more information, call 617-349-6262.

Annual Martin Luther King Day Commemoration and Remembrance
Monday, January 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Central Sq., Cambridge
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Please join the Cambridge Peace Commission as we publicly remember Dr. Martin Luther King on the streets of Cambridge and then celebrate his life and work at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The gathering will also remember the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the devasting earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010.
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Community Remembrance of Dr. King. Gather in front of Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Celebration of Dr. King's Life and Work for Peace, Justice and Transformation.  Inside St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Ave.

In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King described the most serious threat to American society. In his words, "We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered."  More than 40 years later, the United States still faces these three existential challenges to our values as a nation.

We will stand up publicly to honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy of peace and justice, and then gather at St. Peter's to hear the words of Dr. King calling for peace, justice and transformation, along with brief remarks by Winston Cox of the Social Justice Academy and music by Veronique-Anne Epiter.  For more information contact the Peace Commission at 617.349.4694 or .
Joyful Noise Gospel Concert, honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre

This year’s tribute will feature the internationally acclaimed Harlem Gospel Choir, the pre-eminent gospel choir in the world.  The program will also include musical selections by the Cambridge Community Chorus with Musical Director Jamie Kirsch.  This program is presented by The Multicultural Arts Center in partnership with Harvard University’s Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs.  For ticket and other information, visit .

MLK Commemoration Theatrical Performance Sunday, January 17, 3 p.m.
Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl St., Cambridge

The Cambridge Public Library cordially invites you to a special performance in honor of the Library’s 35th Annual Birthday Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Just-A-Start's Career Connection & Philip Brooks House Association's Leadership Program Present:  “Journey to the Mountaintop,” an original theatrical performance based on the biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This drama will explore the Civil Rights movement from the perspective of its most famous martyr, in honor of Dr. King's birthday. Written, preformed and produced by the students, this production combines music, imagery and history to recreate the zeitgeist of the Civil Rights era.

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Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Richard C. Rossi
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Lisa C. Peterson
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