MLK Day Celebration

MLK Day Celebration

Monday, January 15th, 2024, 2:00pm

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s MLK Day event will feature Renée Graham, Boston Globe Associate editor and Columnist as the keynote speaker on Monday, January 15th. After her talk there will be time for audience Q&A followed by an intermission with light refreshments.

(photos by Katheen Williams)

In the second segment Renée will have a one-on-one conversation with Michea McCaffery, Chair of the Gloucester Racial Justice Team (GRJT). They will discuss the findings from the recent GRJT survey of Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC) Gloucester residents. After the conversation there will be another time for audience Q&A followed again by an intermission with light refreshments.

The third segment features a performance by renowned vocal artist Gordon Michaels, joined by a small ensemble, presenting music based upon the Black experience and in honor of Dr. King. After the concert, the lights in the Meetinghouse will be turned down as we listen to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his own voice via audio recording.

When leaving the event, audience members are invited to come upstairs in the entrance house to pull the rope and ring the Paul Revere bell in celebration of Dr. King’s birthday and renew hope for his vision for racial equality and freedom to fulfill the promises of the U.S. Constitution.


2:00pmGreeting from the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, Charles Nazarian
2:05pmWelcome address, Mayor Greg Verga
2:15pmRenée Graham keynote
2:50-3:15pmAudience Q&A opportunity with Renée
Intermission 15 minutes
3:30pm Michea McCaffery and Renée Conversation about the GRJT Survey
4:00-4:15pmAudience Q&A opportunity with Renée and Michea
Intermission 15 minutes
4:30pm Gordon Michaels, vocal soloist
5:15-5:30pm Audio recording of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the darkened room

And finally, the audience is invited to help ring the Paul Revere Bell for freedom as people exit the Meetinghouse

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Event Info:

  • Monday, January 15th, 2024
  • 2pm to 5pm
  • Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
  • Tickets: Free
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Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
10 Church St, Gloucester, MA 01930

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