NEW BRITAIN - In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, several events throughout the city will celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.
The city and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities will host the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Smalley Elementary School with light refreshments available starting at 11 a.m. The main program will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Jackie Evans Phillips is the keynote speaker for the “Unifying Through Community Engagement” celebration. She is the founder of Life Changers Institute, a company that empowers people to use writing as a tool to stimulate healing and create impact from their stories. Her two signature programs are the My Story Academy and The DreamBig Projects.
Also attending will be the Our Stories, Men’s Collective. Philips has 20 years of experience as an educator and currently works as an adjunct faculty in the MS program in Higher Education at Post University and Central Connecticut State University in the field of higher education.
Smalley Elementary School is located at 175 West St. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Office of Human Rights and Opportunities at 860-826-3411.
The Mary Mcleod Bethune Club in partnership with the New Britain Chapter of the NAACP will be hosting the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citywide Celebration, themed Moving Forward Together 2020, on Monday, Jan. 20, at 1:30 pm at Spottswood AME Zion Church.
The event will use and acknowledge the life and legacy of King to encourage people to come together and move forward as one to better the community.
The guest speaker, Basil Niccolls Jr., son of the Mary Mcleod Bethune Club’s president is a New Britain Native, graduate of the high school and former intern of the U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy (who will be attending the event). He also, graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Spottswood is at 25 Crestwood Lane.
The New Britain Museum of American will be hosting a talk on a self portrait by Hugh Lee Smith on King’s actual birthday, Wednesday Jan. 15 at 6:30 pm. The Museum will be open on Monday, Jan. 20, from 12-4 p.m. for Community Day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The New Britain Museum of American Art located on 56 Lexington Street is the first institution dedicated solely to acquiring American art.
On Sunday, Jan. 19, four churches in New Britain will come together to celebrate the life and spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. through a special worship service at 10:30 a.m. at South Church, 90 Main St.
South Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Another Chance Church, and Peace Missionary Ministries are holding the service together to embody the unity of all people in honor of the civil rights leader.