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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
World of Wellesley offers MLK Day annual programs for community members of all ages to learn about advancing civil rights in the past, present and future.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. While he worked for equal rights for all, his leadership contributed to the overall success of the civil rights movement in the mid-1900s and continues to impact civil rights movements in the present. His message of change through peaceful means added to the movement’s numbers and gave it its moral strength. While MLK and other leaders generated momentous strides for equality, the push for civil rights remains a preeminent challenge today.
In keeping with the World Of Wellesley’s mission with regard to diversity, inclusion and equity, and as we celebrate the life and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember not only Dr. King’s words, but also his courage and his sacrifice in the service of justice. His words, best described as powerful, inspiring and devastating in their truth, were drawn from a deep well of courage, from King’s belief in the obligation of every human being to fight for justice, and from his genuine love for humanity. Nelson Mandela said the following about King and his legacy, “let the strivings of us all prove Martin Luther King, Jr. to have been correct when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war. Let the efforts of us all prove that he was not a mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.
“Let a new age dawn!” A national memorial to King was built near the Lincoln Memorial, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. The memorial invites visitors to reflect on King’s life and legacy. The World of Wellesley sponsors the town’s annual MLK Day event to remember and celebrate the man, his legacy and to pay forward his message of choosing love over the burden of hatred.