MLK Day -- Cambridge Commemoration, Day of Service & Other Commemorative Events


Mural at the Martin Luther King School

Cambridge’s Annual Martin Luther King Day Commemoration and Remembrance
Monday, Jan. 16, 12-2 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
12-1:45 p.m. -
Celebration of Dr. King's Life and Work for Peace, Justice and Transformation, St. Peter's Episcopal Church
2-2:45 p.m. - Informal Lunch and Gathering in the undercroft (basement) of St. Peter's
Free and open to the public.   Link to Event Flier.

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. Join the Cambridge Peace Commission as we remember and celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, with brief remarks by Pete Davis, a Harvard student who participated in a reenactment of the 1961 Freedom Rides in connection with the recent PBS film.

Hands' Cambridge 2nd Annual MLK Day of Service Monday Jan. 16
1:30-2:15 p.m. - Check in & welcome on City Hall Steps, 795 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
2:15-5:00 p.m. - Participate in hands-on projects at one of 2 locations (Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave. or YWCA, 7 Temple St., Central Square).  Link to Event Flier.

Come join us to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, with a day of Service, working on projects including: making fleece scarves and blankets for at risk infants and children and homeless adults; creating Valentine's Day cards for Cambridge elders and servicemen and women; making Emergency Room Activity Kits for children waiting at Cambridge Hospital & Mt. Auburn Hospitals. DON'T COME EMPTY HANDED! We'll also collect foods, books and warm winter clothing. All contributions will be sorted and will go to Cambridge community organizations.

This event will be hosted at YWCA and Cambridge Senior Center in Central Square. Free and open to all volunteers young or old. Stop in for the whole afternoon or just for an hour.  Please register here in advance to help us plan:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Sunday, January 29, 3-5 p.m.
Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl St., Cambridge
Join us to honor the life and work of Dr. King with special guest Evelynn M. Hammonds, Dean of Harvard College and the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African American Studies. Co-sponsored by Harvard University.

Note: The two MLK related items below are ticketed events that are not free, but are being presented by Cambridge community organizations and we are posting them as a community service for those who may be interested in attending.

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center’s 25th Anniversary Joyful Noise Gospel Concert
honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St..
(Sanders Theatre/Memorial Hall is located between Cambridge and Kirkland Streets, a 5 minute walk from Harvard Square).
Link to Event Flier

The Harlem Gospel Choir will be returning to perform for their sixth consecutive year. Tickets are available via Harvard Box Office,, or by calling 617-496-2222. Ticket prices: $25 for Premium Seating, $20 Regular Seating. Discounts available for Multicultural Arts Center and Outings & Innings members, seniors, students (w/ valid ID), and children 12 and under. Event website:  

NAACP, Cambridge Branch's 27th Memorial Breakfast honoring the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
“Affirming America’s Promise” Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m., Marriott Hotel, Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway, Cambridge
Link to Event Flier

Please note that this is a ticket purchase event. For more information, please contact the Branch at 617 895-7760, or via email at  

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