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Reading King in Boston: Dr. Gary Dorrien

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An initiative that provides the space to read and engage with famous writings of MLK as they relate to the four fall public holidays.

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Reading King in Boston (RKIB): Dr. Gary Dorrien of Boston University School of Theology

Recognizing the UN Declaration of Human Rights 71st Anniversary

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Grove Hall Public Library

41 Geneva Ave. Dorchester, MA 02121

Reading: Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Ch. VI “The World House”, 1967

“Reading King in Boston” (RKIB) is a program that raises up specific works by Martin Luther King, Jr. The selections chosen are to be read and discussed in anticipation of themes raised up in four recognized national or international commemorations in fall, 2019.

The “Reading King in Boston” project is an offshoot of the New Democracy Coalition’s (NDC) annual effort at reading a King speech, sermon or letter publicly. Cooperative Metropolitan (CMM) is partnering with NDC on this project which includes support from the Ella J. Baker House and Seymour Institute in Dorchester and the NDC’s “To the Mountaintop Series.” Boston University School of Theology, King’s university, is supportive of this project.

The four presentation/discussions will be held first at the Howard Thurman Center, Boston University, with the remainder of sessions held at Grove Hall Public Library, Roxbury. Our location at the Grove Hall Public Library will help to ensure that all people of whatever religious or secular traditions are welcome. Our first session at Boston University acknowledges the person and place formative of King’s work.

Our intention is to assemble a group of about 30 people, “King Fellows,” who will meet for the four sessions and become a literary nucleus for further work. The general public is strongly welcomed. Each of the four events, or “readings,” will occur about a week prior to and in relation to the four public events that transpire in the year of 2019. The four Reading King in Boston dates are September 19, October 10, November 7 and December 5. Persons planning to attend should register their interest here.

We intend a person from each of the four readings to speak at each of the four city-wide events, making reference to King’s work. Those events are: 1) The United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21 [acknowledged on 9/22]), 2) Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day (October 14), 3) Armistice/Veterans Day (November 11), and 4) day acknowledging the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (December 10).

There will be reporting on this project at the MLK Volunteer Day, January 20, at a youth event held annually at Brandeis University. In addition to the partnering organizations, this program is supported by Mass Humanities.

Contact for further information: Kevin Peterson (kevincharlespeterson@aol.com) or Rodney Petersen (rlp@coopmet.org).

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