Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration Monday, January 20


Northfield Human Rights Commission Chair Corinne Smith announces that the 20th annual Northfield Community Celebration of the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place on Monday, January 20th, at the Church of St. Dominic (104 Linden Street N), 7:00-8:00 pm.  The theme of the event this year is Creating a Beloved Community, one of the aspirations of Dr. King.

The focus of the event will be on youth in the Northfield community.  Nelson Mandela said “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”.  This year, four groups of young people will share performances with the audience as well as their thoughts on community in Northfield.  The groups are:  Baile Folklorica Mexicano, Northfield Union of Youth (The Key), Northfield Youth Choirs, and Northfield High School Performing Arts Students (Latino Festival).  Nancy Antoine, Principal of Bridgewater School, will be the emcee.


The annual Northfield Human Rights Award will be given that evening.  This year the award will honor the memory of Sharon Gates Hull, a generous and welcoming spirit.  Sharon worked in a variety of ways throughout the community to create an atmosphere of dignity, justice, and peace for all people.  She treated everyone with respect and was especially committed to the wellbeing of children.  Sharon was very active over the years with this community celebration and spoke from her heart about the importance of Dr. King’s message.  Her family will accept the award on her behalf.


This event is free and open to the public.  Families are especially encouraged to attend. An ASL interpreter will be present.  Refreshments will be served.  The celebration is provided annually by the Northfield Human Rights Commission, with support of various community businesses and organizations.