Published in the January 12, 2018 edition

MELROSE — On Monday, January 15, join the City of Melrose and the Melrose Human Rights Commission as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The annual Day of Service will begin at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 West Emerson Street at 9:30 am. You will have an opportunity to sign up for a project and enjoy a light breakfast generously provided by the Melrose YMCA.

Activities at the different locations will be from 10 a.m. – noon. When you sign up, please let us know if you will be returning to the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church for pizza at 12:15 p.m. provided by the Melrose Human Rights Commission.

The Day of Service activities include, clean the Melrose Public Library; visit residents at Fitch Home; bake cookies and meals for Bread of Life Food Pantry at Highlands Congregational Church; and clean church pews and move boxes at Nazarene Church. At the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church there will be members of the MHS “Do The Right Thing Club” instructing youth about the life of MLK and an adult seminar on white privilege in Melrose by the group “White People Challenging Racism.”  Complete details will be posted and updated on the Melrose Human Rights Facebook page.

At 5 p.m. on Monday, join us at the First Congregational Church, 121 West Foster Street for the 23rd annual MLK Day potluck dinner and celebration. We ask that you provide a main dish or dessert that serves 4-6 people (or more). Please list the ingredients and bring serving utensils.

After dinner, from 6 – 8 p.m., please stay and enjoy a program of music, recognition of the MLK essay award winners from the Melrose Public Schools, a community recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech and our guest speaker, Aba Taylor, the Executive Director of the Winchester Multicultural Network. Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office and the Melrose Human Rights Commission. Visit the Melrose Human Rights Commission Facebook page for updated details. If you have any questions please call the Human Rights Commission at 781-979-4140 or e-mail at