Over 150 people joined together in Melrose to create public art, gather food and supplies for economically challenged young people, and helped neighbor-to-neighbor in various locations throughout the city. The day stated at MUUC, where 30 people stayed to see the presentation by the Friends of Melrose METCO of the film “METCO: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” and a slide presentation by the Melrose chapter of White People Challenging Racism. Later, in the evening, people gathered for a community pot-luck dinner, followed by music and guest speakers, including Rachel Rollins (Suffolk County District Attorney and Keynote Speaker), Rep. Katherine Clark (Democrat, US House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District of MA), Mayor Paul Brodeur (Democrat, Melrose), and State Sen. Jason Lewis (Democrat, Massachusetts House of Representatives, Melrose and surrounding communities) Below is the original post.
The Melrose Human Rights Commission invites you to join the Community of Melrose for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 20th, 2020.
Registration & Coffee 9:30 am – 10:30 am (Melrose UU Church)
Registration for city-wide service opportunities takes place at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 West Emerson Street, across from the Library. Coffee and snacks will be provided.
Service Opportunities and Information Sessions: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (various locations):
Participants will then go their chosen service opportunities at various sites across the city.
Bread of Life Service Opportunity all-day til 1:00 pm: Teen Backpack Program (Melrose UU Church)
Bread of Life volunteers have been putting together non-perishable, healthy food packs for
food–insecure students. At the Melrose MLK Day of Service, at the Melrose UU Church there will be a table where people can bring donations (cash or food items). Perhaps stop off a a market and pick something up while on your way from your service assignment and on your way back to share pizza together! Wish list includes:
cereal (individual servings sold in plastic bowls)
small boxes of shelf stable milk
small boxes of raisins
jar of peanut butter
Ritz crackers in a sleeve
tuna in a pouch
single-serve Chef Boyardee
snack packs of crackers
snack packs of pretzels and cheese
small water bottles.
All donations gratefully accepted. For a cash donation of $20 we will shop for you to help fill one pack.
Presentations/Discussions 10:00 – 12:00 pm (Melrose UU Church):
As an alternative to service work, adults are invited to attend presentations/discussions:
10:00 am – 11:00 am: “METCO: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”.
Presentation and discussion sponsored by Friends of Melrose METCO. This 38-minute film was created by Natalie Guthrie, a Needham educator, METCO film-maker and METCO/Natick High alum.
11:00 am – 12:00 am: Presentation and discussion sponsored by White People Challenging Racism (WCPR).
Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Melrose UU Church):
Pizza will be served to volunteers, provided by Gabriella’s Pizza.
25th Annual Evening Program 5:00 – 8:00 pm (First Congregational Church):
City-Wide Pot-Luck Dinner, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
A City-Wide Pot-Luck Dinner will be held at the First Congregational Church, 121 West Foster Street.
Please bring a main dish or dessert to serve 4-6 people, with ingredients identified and with serving utensils.
Program Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a program of music, reflection and Keynote Speaker, Rachel Rollins, Suffolk County District Attorney, first woman to hold that post, and first woman of color to to serve as a District Attorney in Massachusetts. Please come and welcome Ms. Rollins in our community at this special event.