MArtin Luther King Jr. Day

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.

Upcoming MLK Day Events

There are no upcoming events.

Past MLK Day Events

Good Trouble Short Story Book Group (Grades 8-12)

Date: January 18, 2021

Time: 1:30-2:30

Location: Online Event


Students in Grades 8-12 will engage in a text-based discussion focused on recognizing and combating racism not only in their communities, but also within themselves. The ultimate goal of the session is to commit to Good Trouble by continuing the conversation beyond the Dr. King holiday and committing to meaningful action beyond the day.

The Good Trouble: Book Groups will be facilitated by Wellesley Public School Students and focus on a short piece from chapter thirteen of Sterling Hayden’s “Wanderer.” Find a PDF online or access images of the reading in a document here: Ch.13 of Sterling Hayden’s “Wanderer”- WoW MLK Day Book Group Discussion Piece.

Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.

Good Trouble Workshop

Date: January 18, 2021

Time: 12:30-1:30

Location: Online Event


Join us for a virtual interactive art workshop for students in Grades K-7. Student art will be displayed at the Wellesley Public Library. More details coming soon.

Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.

MLK Day Family Story Time

Date: January 18, 2021

Time: 2:30-3:10

Location: Online Event


This virtual event is designed for children and families of all ages to listen together to Vitamin D and Me, an amazing story of how and why human beings have different color skin tones. From dark brown to light, human beings and our evolution have an amazing story to tell and it’s all here to learn and share. This engagement encourages open conversation and questions after the story that will give families jumping off points for later conversations.

Author Michelle Chalmers will read her book on Zoom and engage in answering questions of the participants.

Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.

​MLK Virtual “Breakfast” 2021

Date: January 18, 2021

Time: 8:30 - 10:00

Location: Online Event


Join in a community multi-generational and multi-racial discussion where you are invited to engage in small and large groups for brave conversations about Dr. King’s speech, “The Other America,” and its relevance to the challenges we all continue to face today. Most importantly, we will discuss actions we can individually and collectively do to bring about change. Wellesley Public School students will co-facilitate the discussion.

Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021 Fundraiser

Date: January 18, 2021


This year’s events are all virtual and FREE, but we invite you to join with World of Wellesley in taking action by making a voluntary contributionAll proceeds will go to the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an organization committed to “Good Trouble.”

If you would rather send a check, please mail to World of Wellesley, P.O. Box 812381, Wellesley, MA 02482.

Good Trouble: 30-Day Countdown to MLK DAY 2021

Start date: December 19, 2020

End date: January 17, 2021

This program is still running, there’s still time to register until January 17, 2021. 
Please scroll down to see the program lineup for January 18th- MLK Day

Good Trouble:  More Than Just a Day – A call to action 

Join the GOOD TROUBLE:  30 DAY COUNTDOWN  from December 19th – January 17th

RSVP today and beginning December 19th, receive a daily email with facts about Dr. King, the civil rights movement, and some of his most inspirational quotes.

Questions? Contact Christina Horner (WOW Co-President) at

Wellesley Peaceful Protest to End White Supremacy + Police Violence

Date: June 5, 2020

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: 467 Washington St, Wellesley

End White Supremacy

Please join us for a peaceful protest in Wellesley Center with the goals of speaking out and taking a stand against white supremacy in Wellesley and other predominantly white suburbs, and demonstrating solidarity in the fight for justice in response to police murdering George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and far far too many innocent Black Americans in this country.

The plan is to form a line on the sidewalk on Washington Street starting outside 467 Washington St and bring signs expressing our condemnation of white supremacy, police brutality, and racism in America. This is a small step toward progress and but it is important to demonstrate that in this town especially, which is steeped in such profound white privilege, and which we want to improve, we refuse to stay silent in the fight against racism. This protest will be PEACEFUL, and all participants will stand six feet apart with required face masks. This town can do better. Thank you for your attention.

People of all towns are welcome of course.

  • Face masks required. Gloves encouraged.
  • Please maintain six feet between you and the next person in line
  • Violence of any kind including hate speech, slurs, or derogatory language will not be tolerated
  • No driveways or intersections will be blocked
  • Feel free to stand in silence or with a sign. No marching in groups
  • Safety and preventing the spread of the virus is our top priority. Do not touch or engage physically with anyone. Maintain six feet distance.
  • No All Lives Matter signs. If you don’t get it use the world wide web.

Please fill out your name and email here so we can stay in touch:

Organized by Leah Fessler. A note from Leah: I grew up in Wellesley, went to Upham, WMH, WHS Class of 2011, and graduated with high honors. I attended Middlebury College (2015), and went on to pursue a career in journalism.

MLK Family Event 2020

Date: January 20, 2020

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Bates Elementary School

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Come celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Wellesley. Join us for crafts, games, activities and pizza! Escape the cold weather. Please RSVP now to let us know you plan to attend.

Co-sponsored by the World of Wellesley and the Wellesley High School Diversity Club.

MLK Community Breakfast 2020

Date: January 20, 2020

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College


Annual breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “A Dream Deferred” featuring an inter-racial and inter-ethnic panel of social justice advocates who will provide insights on Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream and the fight for civil rights of Blacks, Indigenous People and Latin X. Where we are, where should we be and how can we get there; together. Special performances by the Kuumba Singers of Harvard and the Wellesley High School Cheer Team.

$30 per person for buffet breakfast and program
$10 per student and child
$300 per table of 10 specially reserved

Co-sponsored by World of Wellesley and Wellesley College.

MLK Community Breakfast

Date: January 21, 2019

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: MassBay Community College


Annual breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Co-sponsored by World of Wellesley and MassBay Community College. This year’s keynote speaker will be Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. (Arawak/Yurumein), professional educator leading conversations on Native American (FNP) identity, culture, and history featuring discussions about stereotypes and historical inaccuracies. Special performances by the Kuumba Singers of Harvard and the Wellesley High School Cheer Team.

About MLK Day

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.