Take the next step following Westborough MLK community celebration


Take the next step following Westborough MLK community celebration
Children’s illustrations from the “His Words in Our Lives” exhibit at the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration on Monday, Jan. 16, at Westborough High School. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – Central MA Connections in Faith, in partnership with Westborough Interfaith Association, Westborough Connects and Westborough Public Schools, is inviting members of the Westborough community to a follow-up program to the fifth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. 

The program will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Westborough High School’s library, and it is free and open to anyone age 14 and older.

Following up from social justice theater company Dialogues on Diversity’s performance of “The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle” and a performance by local a cappella group Ball in the House, event sponsors want to provide a space for reflection and action. This year’s theme, “Believe the Dream; Join the Journey,” is the inspiration behind the program’s activity, “Journey Mapping.”

Modeled after the approach of 2022 MLK Jr. Day speaker Dr. Todd “Bowtie” Jenkins, the journey-mapping activity takes individuals on an inclusive journey where everyone has an opportunity to be heard and help unpack a big topic. How do we create an inclusive community? What is the road we need to take to get there? How do we map that out? 

In a small group format, adult and adolescent attendees will have the opportunity to extend the message of MLK Day, provide opportunity for connection and explore ways in which we can live out King’s dream. Starting with the sponsors’ overarching belief that “Every Human Has Value,” CMACIF facilitators will guide participants through a silent activity of brainstorming and validation. Then, through thoughtful and guided prompts, participants will be led through a reflective debrief. 

All participants are invited to stay for refreshments and community afterward.

Onsite child care will be provided by National Honor Society high school students. 

To find out more, please go to the Westborough Connects website, www.westboroughconnects.org.