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Dedicated to making Wellesley an inclusive community for all

The World of Wellesley is a 501(3)(c) non partisan, NPO that engages in educational programing, prioritizing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Justice; and anti-racism. WOW serves public interests, without pursuing goals of commercial or private monetary profit. The World of Wellesley is committed towards keeping Wellesley welcoming. 

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World of Wellesley Twenty-Fourth Annual 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Family Celebration: 

MLK’s Legacy- A Leader, A Rebel, An Inspiration


The World of Wellesley will hold its Twenty-Fourth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast and Family Celebration on Monday, January 15, 2024 at Wellesley College. This inspiring event is proudly led by The World of Wellesley, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to making Wellesley a welcoming place and committed to community empowerment through initiatives focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, accountability, justice, and anti-racism. 

Join us in celebrating Martin Luther King Day with a unique program that delves beyond the familiar narrative, shedding light on the lesser-known facets of MLK’s impactful legacy. Our event offers an invaluable opportunity to revisit the profound teachings and convictions of this iconic figure. By focusing on the often overlooked dimensions of MLK’s legacy, we deepen our understanding of the holistic nature of his activism. Through this exploration, we aim to spark meaningful conversations and inspire action in the realms of antimilitarism, anti-materialism, affordable housing, and poverty alleviation. The program will be held at Wellesley College, Tishman Commons (ADA compliant with access from ground floor garage). The program consists of two parts, a ticketed breakfast and discussion from 8 AM to 10:30 AM followed by a family program with free admission from 10:30 AM to 12 PM. The family program will feature interactive MLK-themed activities for children and all ages are welcome.

Please click here to purchase tickets.

The doors will open at 8 AM to begin breakfast and the program will start promptly. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students, or a table (seating 10 people) may be purchased for $300. For each purchase made, a percentage of available seats will be reserved for community members who qualify for financial assistance. Community members with financial constraints, please email WOW at

World of Wellesley is proud to have Dr. Jennifer Yanco, a racial justice educator-activist, scholar, and author as this year’s keynote speaker. Dr. Yanco’s book Misremembering Dr. King: Revisiting the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. invites us to reconsider how Dr. King is remembered and to revisit the radicalism of his work and legacy. Copies of her book will be available for purchase.

The World of Wellesley was founded in 1990 and is dedicated to making Wellesley a welcoming community where diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are celebrated. This work is done in conjunction with many Wellesley institutions. Together we sponsor events, projects and programs that emphasize the value in exploring our global heritage and ways of life. Join us in honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by participating in this illuminating program. Together, let’s celebrate the man behind the dream, recognizing his multifaceted contributions to justice, equality, and a better world for all. Mark your calendars for a day of enlightenment, empowerment, community, and engagement as we go beyond the dream and discuss “MLK’s Legacy: A Leader, A Rebel, An Inspiration”.

Please consider purchasing a table or seats and help us bring these impactful programs to our community.

Family program registration: MLK 2024 Family Event Registration.

For more information on either of the Martin Luther King Celebrations, email

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Our community-driven programs, offered with free admission in response to popular demand, encompass a wide range of events. These include the MLK Day workshop, children’s event, a town-wide, multiethnic, and multigenerational Global Heritage Festival, the Annual Community Book Read and Discussion, a Documentary Series, and numerous other engaging activities. We are able to sustain these programs thanks to the generous contributions from members of our community. Thank you! 

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