Published January 16, 2019



WAKEFIELD — The late Bill Chetwynd will be honored with a special Founder’s Award at this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Monday, January 21 at 10 a.m. at the Galvin Middle School. The event is hosted by the Wakefield Human Rights Commission in partnership with the Wakefield Public Schools. This year’s theme is “Participation,” one of the key themes of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which celebrated its 70th anniversary last month.

Wakefield resident Tarae Howell will be the keynote speaker. He is an attorney with Nixon Peabody LLP. Howell is a volunteer with the Boston Debate League; devotes significant time to pro bono matters representing clients in housing and immigration cases; leads his firm’s participation in the annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid; and coordinates his firm’s fundraising drive for Greater Boston Legal Services.

The event will also feature the presentation of the MLK Service awards to Wakefield resident Saritin Rizzuto; the Wakefield High School Gay Straight Alliance; and the Most Blessed Sacrament Community Dinner program. There will also be music from the Wakefield Community Choir and performances, readings and artwork from Wakefield students including the METCO program and Galvin Middle School Peer Leaders program.

The program is for free all ages and will be followed by refreshments in the cafeteria. The Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield will be doing a service-related activity for kids and adults and food donations to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry are also being collected.