Update from the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation:
2PM It’s on but use caution!
We regret that Meetinghouse Green is now frozen over solid and is not safe for parking or walking, so allow time to find on-street parking or use one of the lots in the Historic District. The front steps will be clear and sanded but please exercise extra caution when coming up from Church Street. You are also welcome to use the side entrance instead, close to the intersection of Church and Pine Streets, where there is an interior staircase and an elevator.
The 2019 GMF Martin Luther King Day Celebration event is in four segments separated by breaks with refreshments. You are welcome to attend part or all of the Program:
- 2:00-2:15 Introduction: ‘Why Are We Here? Sandra Ronan
- 2:15-2:45 ‘Shadowed Lives,’ Effects of Slavery on Cape Ann Stephanie Buck
- 2:45-3:00 Break with Refreshments
- 3:05-3:50 The Honorable Seth Moulton United States Representative, Massachusetts 6th Congressional District
- 3:05-3:50 Alvin Foster and his band Soul Eclectic, music that underpinned Black people’s courage to be happy and celebrate life, love, spirituality and growth in the face of racism
- 3:50-4:00 Break with Refreshments
- 4:00-5:00 Keynote Speaker: Clennon L. King, ‘MLK’S Boston Years’ The award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Clennon L. King will present a slideshow, focusing on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s movements in Boston and New England, from the fall of 1951 to the spring of 1954, to be followed by Q&A with the audience
- 5:00-5:15 Break with Refreshments
- 5:15-6:00 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech accompanied by a slide show of period and present-day images
- Conclusion Audience invited to join in ringing the Paul Revere Bell for freedom
This free annual civic event is hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation. GMF mugs, caps, totes, shirts, and memberships are available along with refreshments all through the afternoon and your support is greatly appreciated.
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
Front stairs open but approach is icy. Approach from side entrance. Many have suggested a temporary winter ice skating rink on this glorious spot but not in this way.