MLK Day: "In The Words of Dr. King" - Mass Mutual Center

On January 21, 2019
11:00 - 13:00
Mass Mutual Center
1277 Main Street
01103, Springfield

Four Springfield Organizations Present the
7th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Monday, January 21, 2019

11am - 1pm   MassMutual Center, Springfield


SPRINGFIELD-Four Springfield organizations will present the 7th annual Dr. King Day Celebration on Monday, January 21, 2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield. This event is free and open to the public. The event is a collaborative celebration hosted by Martin Luther King Jr Family Services, Community Music School of Springfield, D.R.E.A.M Studio and Springfield College.

This year’s theme is “In the Words of Dr. King.” The Springfield celebration is one of the largest Dr. King Day events in the state with over 2,500 people in attendance. The event will feature local gospel choirs, distinguished community leaders, as well as music, dance and oratorical performances that engage over 500 Springfield youth to share in community uplift and reflect on the legacy of Dr. King.


“In light of the uncertainties around race relations and the polarization of various groups who continue to feel marginalized, this celebration reminds us we have the opportunity to engage in simple acts--at school, at work, and in our families--that strengthen our community in the spirit of unity that defines the legacy of Dr. King,” said Ronn Johnson CEO of Martin Luther King Jr Family Services. “We must all speak out against intolerance and be change agents. The MLK Day Celebration inspires us reclaim the dream of a beloved community.”

Over 500 young people from Community Music School of Springfield’s school programs including Sonido Musica/Springfield Public School Partnership, String Village and Community Bucket Drumming have been preparing since November to perform in honor of Dr. King. In addition, performers include the Springfield Community Chorale, a culturally diverse group led by Vanessa Ford with the mission to deliver gospel and inspirational music in the spirit of unity and in the bond of peace; the Dr. King Day Festival Orchestra led by CMSS’ Marty Knieriem; a dramatic performance by DREAM Studio choreographed by Benjamin Smith; and an oratorical selection by the 2018 winner of the Alpha Phi Alpha Senator Edward R. Brooke III Oratorical Contest.

The Dr. King Day Celebration is free and open to the public, handicapped accessible, accessible to the hearing impaired and open to all ages. MassMutual Center is located in downtown Springfield, close to public transportation. For more information please contact any of the partnering organization or visit their websites to get more information and details about the event. #MLKDAY413.