Medford planning MLK festivities

MEDFORD — The city that was one of the first communities in the greater Boston area to hold a formal celebration of the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin King Jr. will once again honor the civil rights pioneer with a day of celebration on Monday, Jan. 15.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the 89th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s birth, January 15, 1929.

This year’s annual citywide celebration will be at the St. Raphael Church Parish Center, 514 High Street in West Medford.

This year’s event sponsors include the Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACP, with members from Malden, Medford, and other surrounding communities; the Medford Human Rights Commission; the city of Medford Office of Diversity; the Medford Interfaith Clergy Association; and St. Raphael’s Parish.

Mayor Stephanie Burke, City Council President Richard Caraviello, members of the state legislature and other city leaders and officials are expected to attend along with many area residents.

Lunch will be provided at no charge and opportunities will be available to sign up to become members and also volunteer with social justice groups in the community and area.

The day’s events begin at 10:30 a.m., with a gathering and a community-building talk. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be discussions on “Education, Inspiration and Shared Action.”

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