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    MLK events

    A sampling of Martin Luther King Day events in communities south of Boston.


    Cohasset clergy and the Cohasset Diversity Committee will honor the memory and achievements of the slain civil rights leader at the town’s 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday at St. Anthony’s Parish Center from 9 to 11 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 9 to 9:40 a.m., followed by a program honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and King. Cohasset resident and Tuskegee Airman Jack Bryant is the featured speaker, and the Oliver North-narrated documentary film “Tuskegee Airmen” will be shown. Breakfast is $5 or $15 per family. Child care will be provided. Call Connie Afshar at 781-383-6006.  


    The Duxbury No Place for Hate Committee and the Duxbury Interfaith Council will hold the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday at St. Paul’s Church of the Nazarene. Breakfast will begin at 8:15 a.m.; the service will begin at 9.  Jossie Owens, ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, will be the featured speaker. Requested donation of $5 or $10 per family. Contact the Interfaith Council at 781-934-8388.  



    The Children’s Museum in Easton will celebrate Martin Luther King Day with “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with various activities. Join “Build a Better World,” an interactive art project to construct a community. Design and build a super-sized town using Legos and other materials. Museum admission is $7.50; members and children under 1 are free. Visit or call 508-230-3789.


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    The Hanson Children’s Museum and the Hanover Diversity Committee will hold a diversity celebration at the Hanover Mall on Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate the Chinese-American, African-American, and Brazilian-American cultures with a kite workshop and King poetry readings at 11 a.m.; Hanover High School’s Vox music group at 11:30 a.m.; a dragon dance at noon; a Chinese ribbon dance at 12:30 p.m.; a drum circle at 1 p.m.; and a carnavale performance at 2 p.m. The event is free.  


    The Hull No Place for Hate Committee will celebrate MLK Day on Monday with two events: a pancake breakfast at St. Nicholas United Methodist Church’s Gould Hall and a pasta dinner and movie at Temple Beth Sholom. At both events, the town will salute the late Tommye Reede, one of the first African-Americans to move to Hull, who died last year. “She paved the way for No Place for Hate by who she was — a fine, elegant person who really made a difference,” said Rhoda Kanet, one of the founders of the organization. Admission to each event is $5, $3 for seniors and children 5 to 10. Children younger than 5 are admitted free; the family rate is $15 for the breakfast and $18 for the dinner. Contact Janet Bernault at  or 781-925-1890.  


    The United Methodist Youth Fellowship will host an MLK Day breakfast at 8 a.m. and program at 9 a.m. on Monday at the Central United Methodist Church. A service of remembrance will be held in the worship area with guest speaker Henry Santos, special music, and a “call to keep the dream alive.” Santos will share some of his experience as King’s roommate at Boston University in the 1950s. The breakfast is free with a donation. To register, call 508-947-1299 or e-mail .


    The Plymouth No Place for Hate Committee, Plymouth public schools, and Plymouth Area Interfaith Clergy Association are sponsoring a celebration of the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech with a breakfast and a program beginning at 8 a.m. Monday at the cafetorium in Plymouth South High School. Cary Barnes, an actor from New York City and former Plymouth resident, will perform the speech. There will also be music renditions by the Pilgrim Festival Chorus, Plymouth high school musicians, and the Plymouth AME church choir. Two seniors from the Plymouth high schools will be awarded scholarships. Breakfast is $8, and tickets are available from local churches, members of the No Place for Hate Committee, and at the door.



    The town will hold its third annual Volunteer Fair in observance of MLK Day on Monday at Stetson Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 20 nonprofit organizations in need of volunteers will be present. “Get out and volunteer and help the world and make it a better place,” said Sheila Swanwick of Community Volunteers of Randolph. The event will also feature a film of King’s speeches. Free refreshments and door prizes will be available to all participants. Admission is free. Contact Swanwick at 781-963-9152 or  


    The South Shore YMCA’s Germantown Neighborhood Center is hosting the 17th annual Celebration Breakfast to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. The event’s program will feature community leaders, including keynote speaker David Morales, senior vice president of public policy and strategic solutions at Steward Health Care System; Mayor Thomas Koch; Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey; and John Ireland, vice president of South Shore YMCA, as well as performances by local youths. Tickets are $10 and $5 for seniors and children.  For reservations, contact Kathy Quigley or Claire Brennan  at 617-376-1384.  


    The Stoughton Clergy Association is holding a program to commemorate King on Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Clergy and youths of the Stoughton community will present King’s words to honor his life and legacy. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. The event is free and open to the community.


    A Martin Luther King Day community celebration and breakfast will be held on Monday at the Wareham Boys and Girls Club at 9 a.m. Darcy Fernandes, principal of the Roosevelt Middle School in New Bedford and former teacher in the Wareham school system, will be the keynote speaker. The event will focus on Wareham’s youths and the ongoing work to positively influence their lives. Tickets are $12 and $7 for students. Contact Barbara Sullivan at the Wareham Boys and Girls Club, 508-295-5400.  

    Compiled by Anne Steele,