Celebrate MLK and Coretta

January 13 - 16, 2023  Natasha Ellis as Coretta Scott King in “Hear Her Sing for Freedom.” (Multicultural Arts Center via Facebook) Hear Her Sing for Freedom (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Sunday, with a virtual version streaming Monday). $35. 

Cambridge's Martin Luther King Day Commemoration Returns in 2023

Cambridge, MA, January 5, 2023 -- The City of Cambridge will celebrate the life and work of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a Commemoration and Remembrance, organized by the Cambridge Peace Commission, on Monday, January 16, at 11 a.m., at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

This year's program will include greetings from Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Yi-An Huang and feature remarks by Gail Packer, Executive Director of the Community Settlement and Dispute Center (CDSC). 

In 1967, Martin Luther King described what he saw as the most serious challenge for our society. In his words, “We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives, and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” Nearly 60 years later, the United States still faces these three existential challenges to our values as a nation.

The City of Cambridge will honor and remember Dr. King and his legacy, as we gather at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to hear members of the Cambridge community share readings of Dr. King’s words calling for peace, justice, and transformation, as well as musical performances -- including by gospel soloist Christina DeVaughn. 

Gail Packer is a nationally-known trainer and leader in the fields of mediation and alternative dispute resolution. In this challenging time of continuing recovery while living through a pandemic and global conflict, she is uniquely positioned to help us think about rebuilding connections and community while recognizing the continuing impact of the giant triplets of racism, militarism, and materialism that Dr. King spoke and wrote about. 

Learn more at Cambridgema.gov/peace.