Westborough to host MLK Jr. Community Celebration

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Third annual event to be held virtually Jan. 18

poet Jamele Adams, also known as Harlym 1Two5
poet Jamele Adams, also known as Harlym 1Two5 photo/submitted

Westborough – Central MA Connections in Faith (CMACIF), in partnership with Westborough Interfaith Association, Westborough Connects and Westborough Public Schools, is pleased to announce the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. 

The event will be held virtually via Zoom and is free and open to anyone who registers in advance. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18 and will be rebroadcast on Westborough TV. 

This year’s theme is “Standing in My Shoes: Love, Inclusion, Trust” and will feature a keynote address by poet Jamele Adams, also known as Harlym 1Two5. Closed captioning in English and Live Spanish language interpretation will be available during the live event. 

Harlym 1Two5 is well known nationally and in multitudes of poetry circles. He is a frequent and highly regarded figure in competitions, performance, concert and beyond. 125 has become a part of the Boston area poetry scene and joined teams of poets who have won numerous competitions regionally and nationally. 125 has also become well known in the Boston area for his work leading workshops dealing with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Several times in the last few years, Harlym has been called to local high schools, colleges and communities to help bring a calm and constructive unity after incidents of racial injustice have occurred. Known for his work, Harlym 1Two5 is often asked to be a panelist or to give presentations on a broad range of topics regarding diversity and pluralism, and also is asked to prepare presentations in response to very specific incidents or conditions. Additionally, Harlym 1Two5 is the dean of students at Brandeis University.

As a National Day of Service, community members are invited to pick up a Black Lives Matter rock painting project kit at the Westborough Public Library’s front steps on Jan. 18 to take home and paint. The BLM rocks are a project of WeCARE – Westborough Committee for Anti-Racism in Education. While you’re out picking up your rock painting kit, celebration registrants are also encouraged to make a donation to the Westborough Food Pantry at the Fire Station Lobby, Roche Bros. or Lyman Street Stop & Shop. 

Following the event all registrants will have access to a monthly racial justice toolkit that includes recommended reading, podcasts, videos, and activities you can partake in here in the Westborough community. Click here to register or visit the Westborough Connects website.

 

Click here to read about last year’s MLK event in Westborough.