MLK Celebration Committee
- Jack Curtis
- Bobbie Knable
- Bill Mitchell
Reflections on Race - Brookline Then and Now
MLK Day 2019
On Monday, January 21, 2019, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline's residents joined together to celebrate the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This year's program featured Brookline: Facing Civil Rights, a documentary film conceptualized by the MLK Jr. Celebration Committee and Produced by R. Harvey Bravman. The documentary highlights recollections of Civil Rights in the 50s, 60s and 70s by six Brookline residents. After the film, there was discussion with Boston Globe Spotlight Editor, Patricia Wen. In 2018, Patricia oversaw a seven-part series on race issues in Boston. The program also featured poet/performer Regie Gibson, Brookline Poet Laureate Zvi Sesling, and Brookline High School Acapella Group, The Testastatones.
We would like to thank all those who participated in any of the Brookline Day of Service Projects -- a Brookline Food Pantry food drive, More Than Words Cafe book drive and Insp:Expo.
If you attended the event, please take a moment to complete an Evaluation! Thank you!
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.