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2015 Martin Luther King Day Commemoration and Remembrance


St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Ave., Central Sq., Cambridge, MA 02139

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Brian Corr


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In this time of renewed focus on the challenges of racism and violence – and on action for peace and justice – please join us as we remember and celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Central Square, Cambridge:

* 11:00 AM to 1:45 PM: Celebration of Dr. King's Life and Work for Peace, Justice, and Transformation • inside St. Peter's Episcopal Church • 838 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
* 12:45 to 1:45 PM: Lunch and Gathering at the Church • In the undercroft (basement) at St. Peter's

In 1967, Martin Luther King described what he saw as the most serious challenge to our society with these 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." Almost 50 years later, the United States still faces these three existential challenges to our values as a nation.

The City of Cambridge will honor and remember Dr. King and his legacy of peace and justice as we gather at St. Peter's Episcopal Church to hear Dr. King’s words calling for peace, justice and transformation, as well as remarks from Keith Harvey, Executive Director of the New England Regional Office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) since 1992. Keith’s father, James Harvey, worked with the NAACP and the AFSC, and over the course of Keith’s childhood, his family would be asked to integrate four schools. Keith and his sister were the only Black children in their schools, and their family was the only Black family in their neighborhoods. His family’s job was to become neighbors and to make friends. Keith is also the chair of the board of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, and serves on the board of the Cambridge Friends School. He received a B.A. in urban and regional planning from Miami University of Ohio, where he also was a member of the football team.

In addition to the Peace Commission’s Commemoration and Remembrance at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, once again Many Helping Hands will sponsor volunteer activities for its Day of Service from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at City Hall, St. Peter’s, the YWCA, the Senior Center and other sites.

For directions to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, located at 838 Massachusetts Ave. at the corner of Sellers St. in Central Square, please, visit www.saintpeterscambridge.org

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