MLK Celebration Committee
- Bernard Greene, Chair
- Malcolm Cawthorne
- Rob Daves
- Jack Curtis
- Ann Kamensky
- Bobbie Knable
- Bill Mitchell
2018 MLK DAY
The Radical King-- The Fierce Urgency of Now
Please join us for Brookline's celebration of the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 3PM Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Dr. Chad Williams, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University, is the keynote speaker. Dr. King, as civil rights activist and moral leader, was much more radical in his time than he is now remembered. Dr. Williams will ask us to think about how Dr. King's words and actions can be applied to today's troubling times. The program will also feature the poet/performer Regie Gibson, Brookline Poet Laureate Zvi Sesling and, from Brookline High School, slam poet Carolyn Parker-Fairbain and the acapella group Testostatones.
This event is free but to guarantee a seat you must reserve a ticket beforehand. Reserved tickets are available online until Sunday, January 14. On the day of the event, Monday, January 15, any remaining tickets will be available only at the Coolidge Corner Theater box office when it opens.
Sign language interpretation will be provided.
The Coolidge Corner Theater is accessible to persons with disabilities.
For any questions, please contact Caitlin Haynes by email or at 617-730-2345
Each year MLK Day provides an opportunity for Brookline residents to remember a hero martyred in the effort to achieve equality in America. Despite his sacrifice and that of many others who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, and, despite the progress made in the nearly 50 years since his death, full equality has not been achieved.
Brookline’s MLK Day is an expression of the Town’s commitment to racial equality. During the year, the Committee will sponsor and plan events that bring us together to celebrate our diversity, to learn from one another, to better understand how racial inequality divides us, and, most importantly, how we may work together to achieve the goal of equality.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
- Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement - How Much Do You Know? (2016) (PDF)
- Organizations Involved in the Civil Rights Movement (2015) (PDF)
- 2015 Poster (PDF)
- Past Programs:
2017 MLK Day
Keeping the Promise: Brookline's Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
On January 16, 2017, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline's residents joined together to celebrate the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event featured inspiring poetry and several engaging speakers; Rick Pinderhughes, the Director of Programs at Vision, Inc., a non-profit training and consulting organization specializing in diversity and inclusion, Rahsann Hall, the Director of the Racial Justice Program for the Massachusetts ACLU, Daniel O’Leary, the Chief of the Brookline Police Department, and Andrew Bott, the Superintendent of Public Schools of Brookline.
We would like to thank all those who participated in one or both of our Brookline Day of Service Projects co-sponsored with Brookline PAX-- a Brookline Food Pantry food drive and the More Than Words Cafe book drive.
2016 MLK Day
MLK Day 2016
On January 18, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline's citizens joined together in celebration of the life and values of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The one and one half hour event featured inspiring poetry and an engaging keynote speaker, Northeastern University Law School Professor Susan Maze-Rothstein.
Professor Maze-Rothstein attended Devotion Elementary and Brookline High and spent most of her life as a resident of Brookline. She is director of the Legal Skills in Social Context Social Justice Program at Northeastern University School of Law and board president of Our Restorative Justice, a juvenile court diversion program. From her experience as a legal scholar and a Brookline resident, Professor Maze-Rothstein spoke about the deeply ingrained but mostly invisible ways that racism affects all of us. She asked the audience to consider the experience of others and to use the precepts of restorative justice to heal racial transgressions.
As “homework” Professor Maze-Rothstein has posted two papers, "White By Law (PDF)" and "White Fragility (PDF)," as recommended reading. Further information about restorative justice is available at the Center for Restorative Justice and Our Restorative Justice.
We would like to thank all those who participated in one or both of our Brookline Day of Service Projects co-sponsored with Brookline PAX-- a More Than Words Cafe book drive and a Brookline Food Pantry food drive.