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18th Annual Martin Luther King Day Dinner
The City of Melrose is pleased to celebrate the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's event will feature The Honorable Gordon A. Martin, Jr.
Judge Martin will discuss his experience in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, as chronicled in his book, Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote. Judge Martin's book will be available for purchase at the event.
Fifty years ago, Judge Martin was a 27 year-old attorney for the United States Justice Department assigned to investigate widespread voting rights violations in Mississippi. His investigation led to the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The event is free and open to the public, beginning with a Potluck Dinner at 5 p.m. For those who wish to attend the dinner, the event committee asks that you bring a main dish or dessert to serve 4-6 people with ingredients identified on an index card. The Family Program, which includes Judge Martin’s remarks as well as a short music program, will start at 6 p.m. Activities for young children will be offered during the Keynote.
The event is sponsored by the Mayor's Office, the Melrose Human Rights Commission, the Melrose Clergy Association, the Melrose Alliance Against Violence, the Melrose Chamber of Commerce, The League of Women Voters of Melrose and Hallmark Health.
More About First Congregational Church, UCC
First Congregational Church officially organized and built a meetinghouse on West Foster Street in 1849, building a new church 20 years later. Almost 100 years later, on Thanksgiving Eve 1967, disaster struck again when the church burned. Services continued to be held at several locations, including Memorial Hall, until a new building was built - the distinct octagonal church that stands on West Foster Street today.
Today, the church runs a church school, two youth groups, a dynamic music program and an outreach ministry.