Published in the January 13, 2017 edition.

MELROSE — The Melrose Human Rights Commission and Mayor Robert J. Dolan invite you to join us on Monday, January 16, for the annual day-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year the Commission organizes a Day of Service beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running to approximately midday. The Day of Service is headquartered at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church and involves a variety of activities and projects inspired by Dr. King’s dedication to communities working together to help one another.

Thereafter, the Commission hosts a Potluck Dinner beginning at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. Organizers invite all attendees to bring a dish of their choice. The Commission will provide beverages and serving materials. Children and families are welcome!

After the Potluck Dinner, the Commission hosts an annual program and music performance dedicated to Dr. King. For this year’s celebration, the Commission has invited Dr. John H. Bracey, Jr. of the W.E.B. DuBois Department of African American Studies at UMass Amherst as our Keynote Speaker.

Details for the events are below:

Day of Service

Registration: 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 West Emerson St.

Volunteer opportunities at various sites across the city

* Please note that all donated clothing and linens should be dry-cleaned beforehand

Juice and light breakfast provided, complimentary pizza at noon

22nd Annual Potluck Dinner and Program

Keynote Speaker: John H. Bracey, Jr., Professor, W.E.B.Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, UMass, Amherst

The First Congregational Church, 121 West Foster St.

Dinner: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Please bring a main dish or dessert to serve 4 to 6 people with ingredients identified

Family Program: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Should you have any questions, please let us know either at or at (781) 979-4140.