[act-ma] 1/18: Cambridge vigil for people of Haiti and commemoration of Dr. King

Corr, Brian bcorr at cambridgema.gov
Sun Jan 17 07:02:38 PST 2010

Martin Luther King Day Commemoration and Remembrance of the People of Haiti
Monday, January 18, 2010 * 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM * Central Sq., Cambridge

On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18, the Cambridge Peace Commission is holding its annual commemoration of the life and work of Dr. King. In recognition of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, we will also remember the lives of those lost and those who are suffering in its aftermath.

There will be a vigil in memory of Dr. King and all those lost in the Haiti from 11:30 to 12:00 in front of Cambridge City Hall on Monday. A brief memorial procession through Central Sq. and arrive at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 12:15 as planned.

All are invited to publicly remember both the people of Haiti and Dr. Martin Luther King on the streets of Cambridge and then celebrate his life and work at St. Peter's Episcopal Church:
* 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM: Community Remembrance of Dr. King and Vigil for the People of Haiti * gather in front of Cambridge City Hall * 795 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
* 12:30 to 1:30 PM: Celebration of Dr. King's Life and Work for Peace, Justice, and Transformation * inside St. Peter's Episcopal Church/Eglise Baptiste Elim * 838 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King described the most serious threat to American 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." More than 40 years later, people in the United States, in Haiti, and across the globe still face these three existential threats.

After the vigil to remember both Dr. King and the people of Haiti, participants will gather at St. Peter's Episcopal Church/Eglise Baptiste Elim to hear the words of Dr. King calling for peace, justice and transformation, after being welcomed by Rev. François Trottier of St. Peter's and Rev. Margulien Saintus of Eglise Baptiste Elim. We will also hear with brief remarks by Winston Cox of the Social Justice Academy and Rev. Manikka Bowman, music by Veronique-Anne Epiter, and poetry from Cambridge Boys & Girls Club youth.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Brian Corr
Executive Director
Cambridge Peace Commission
51 Inman St., Cambridge, MA 02139
617.349.4694 voice
617.349.4766 fax
bcorr at cambridgema.gov<mailto:bcorr at cambridgema.gov>
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