MLK Day: Ways to Make It a Day On, Not a Day Off

By January 14, 2015Community
Martin Luther King Day in Boston

For more than 30 years, Americans have celebrated the life and accomplishments of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the third Monday of January. In Greater Boston, there are many ways to honor his legacy by making the holiday a day of community service and cultural enrichment.

While Fenway Health will be closed for business on Monday, January 19th, we encourage our staff, patients and community members to consider taking part in one of the following opportunities to come together.

BAGLY, Youth on Fire and HRC

Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth and friends invite all community members to volunteer their time to help assemble donated items into care bags that can be distributed to LGBT homeless youth. Some surveys show that LGBT youth may comprise up to 40% of all homeless and at-risk youth.

Where: BAGLY Community Center, 14 Beacon Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02108
When: January 19, 2015, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
More information: Contact Kurtlan Massarsky, Director of Development at or visit the event site at

Boston Cares Inc.

On MLK Day 2015, Boston Cares will partner with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Target, and others to engage 700 volunteers of all ages, at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. “I Have a Dream” projects will benefit 1,200 children and seniors, with special focus on supporting youth through healthy bedtime activities and getting a good nights’ sleep. Volunteers will launch stage two of the Bed Project, building beds for children transitioning from shelters to housing. Other projects are building lap desks that kids can work on while in bed, crafting bedtime journals for kids to write their thoughts, and dream catchers to hang by the bed for inspiration. New this year will be a Family Zone organized in partnership with Play Works Massachusetts. Here, young children will make Valentines for homebound seniors; learn about Dr. King’s messages of peace and unity; and engage in group activities that promote inclusion.

Where: Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Boulevard, Boston, MA 02120
When: January 19, 2015, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sociedad Latina

Join Sociedad Latina for a Day of Service celebrating Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy! Volunteers will learn about immigration rights and create traditional Latin American art pieces that will be displayed across Boston. Activities will include letter and holiday card-writing to recent immigrants and seniors. Lunch will be provided.

Where: Mission Church Parish Center, 1545 Tremont Street, Mission Hill, MA 02120
When: January 19, 2015, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Contact: Juan Maldonado, 617-442-4299,
Register: Email to RSVP

Museum of African American History, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Museum of African American History’s Executive Director Beverly Morgan-Welch, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra present Boston’s annual tribute to Dr. King in Faneuil Hall, where inspirational speeches by Dr. John Rock, Frederick Douglass, and other black patriots and abolitionist leaders have been given. Each year, some 1,000 men, women, and children come to enjoy music and hear distinguished leaders evoking the power and the promise of Dr. King’s words. Storytelling commemorates milestone events from major social activism movements, from abolition in the 18th and 19thcenturies through civil rights in the 20th century. BYSO conductor Marta Zarud leads student musicians from the Intensive Community Program in a moving array of classical music, spirituals, and freedom songs. And the day’s festivities culminate with the traditional audience sing-a-long.

Where: Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston
When: January 19, 2015, 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public

Museum of Fine Arts

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy free admission all day and an array of vibrant programs for all ages.

Where: MFA, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
When: January 19, 2015, 10:00 am – 4:45 pm
Free and open to the public

45th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast is Boston’s premier and the nation’s longest-running event dedicated to the memory of Dr. King. The breakfast features engaging speeches, delicious food, live music, and is attended by a diverse gathering of civic, community, and religious leaders from across Massachusetts. Speakers include Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Event proceeds fund student scholarships and community programs sponsored by
Union United Methodist Church and St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church.

Where: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, South Boston, MA 02210
When: January 19, 2015, 8:00 am
Reservations: $50.00, purchase online at



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