Martin Luther King Jr.


       Events are being held across western Massachusetts to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  The federal holiday commemorating the civil rights hero is Monday.

       The office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted an annual celebration at City Hall Friday, the date of King’s birth.  There were speeches, prayers and poems were read, and a traditional civil rights anthem was sung.

Governor Asks Conn. To Ring Bells To Honor MLK

Aug 28, 2013
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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is asking residents and organizations to ring bells to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech.

The bell-ringing is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Malloy said the civil rights leader's "message of freedom, equality and liberty resonates as strongly today as it did 50 years ago."

King's family has invited every state to participate in the day of remembrance by ringing bells in unison at churches, schools and other venues.

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An annual day of service was held in the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in North Adams. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spent time with volunteers in the community and filed a report…

The 20th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service was celebrated by a small army of volunteers and community organizations that came together in North Adams. Alex Daugherty, chair of the Northern Berkshire’s Martin Luther King Day Committee, said that volunteers came from all corners of the community to celebrate “a day on, not a day off"


Top Mass. officials expected at MLK Breakfast

Jan 21, 2013
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BOSTON (AP) — One of the highlights of the state's civic and political calendar is scheduled for this week as elected officials, activists, clergy and others gather for Boston's annual breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

It's the 43rd annual hosting of the breakfast.

This year the Monday morning event is scheduled to take place on the same day that President Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term in Washington.

The breakfast typically draws the state's top political figures.

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A two-day series of events commemorating the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at Williams College.

On the Williams College campus, programs were held throughout Sunday and Monday paying tribute to Dr. King. Ranging from a documentary film screening, lectures, a gallery exhibition, and a presentation with local school children, students, faculty and the public took the time to remember and reflect the actions of those in the civil rights era.