MLK Celebration Committee

Keeping the Promise: Brookline's Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

3 pm Monday, January 16, 2017, at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Please join together for Brookline's annual celebration of the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Residents are also invited to be a part of this year's Brookline Day of Service Projects, a food drive and a book drive, both co-sponsored with Brookline PAX (see below).

The theme for this year’s event will be “Confronting Bias in Brookline.”

Rick Pinderhughes, Director of Programs at Vision, Inc., a non-profit training and consulting organization specializing in diversity and inclusion, will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Pinderhughes will describe what implicit bias is and how it affects all of us, in our daily lives and in our institutions.

A panel discussion about what steps can and are being taken to confront bias in Brookline will follow. The panelists will be:

Rahsann Hall, Director of the Racial Justice Program for the Massachusetts ACLU
Daniel O’Leary, Chief of the Brookline Police Department
Andrew Bott, Superintendent of Public Schools of Brookline

The program will also feature poetry and the inspirational words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This event is free but to guarantee a seat you must reserve a ticket beforehand at

  • Reserved tickets are available online until 11 pm Sunday, January 15. On the day of the event, Monday, January 16, any remaining tickets will be available only at the Coolidge Corner Theater box office.
  • If you are unable to get online please contact Rob Daves at 617-566-7334 or for tickets.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited so come early. Doors will open at 2:30 pm.
  • Sign language interpretation will be provided. The Coolidge Corner Theater is accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • The Coolidge Corner Theatre is located at 290 Harvard Street, just steps from the Coolidge Corner T-stop on the C branch of the Green Line and the Dudley Square #66 bus stop. If you need special assistance or need a ride please contact Rob Daves at 617-566-7334 or

On MLK Day participate in one or both of our Brookline Day of Service Projects co-sponsored with Brookline PAX
January 16, 2017 ~ 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Donate your time or goods to either of the two following worthy causes:

BROOKLINE FOOD PANTRY, food and personal care item drive.

The Brookline Food Pantry serves over 800 local families through its pantries at St. Paul's Church at Egmont Street.

We will be accepting non-perishable food items that have not passed their expiration date as well as personal care items, like toothpaste, tooth brushes, razors, soap, shampoo, etc.

Find out more at:

Donations drop off location: the Arcade Building, 318 Harvard Street (across from the intersection of Babcock Street in Coolidge Corner), from 11 am to 2 pm.

MORE THAN WORDS BOOKSTORE AND CAFE, book, CD, DVD, and video game drive.

More Than Words is a non-profit that has served at-risk youth in the greater Boston area since 2004.  With locations in South Boston and Waltham, they provide in-store job training in a challenging but supportive environment to young people who are out of school, homeless, in the foster care system, or in the criminal justice system.

We will be accepting books in good condition, both paperback and hardbound, CDs, DVDs, and video games in good condition, suitable for resale. If you need packing boxes, require assistance or have questions about the drive please contact Chobee Hoy at

Find out more about More Than Words at:

Donation drop-off location: Brookline Booksmith, lower level, at 279 Harvard Street (Coolidge Corner), from 11 am to 2 pm.

Volunteers are needed for these service projects! 

We will be running shifts from 10:30 AM till 12:30 PM and 12:30 till 2:30 PM.  Please let us know what shift you prefer and contact us at:

Kea van der Ziel at for the food pantry drive

Chobee Hoy at for the book drive

If you are able to provide a ride for someone who needs transportation to the MLK event please contact:

Rob Daves at 617-566-7334 or

Click here to complete a survey for this years MLK event.  You can email completed evaluations to 


  • Bernard Greene, Chair
  • Malcolm Cawthrone
  • Rob Daves

  • Lynette Glover
  • Ann Kamensky
  • Bobbie Knable


Each year MLK Day provides an opportunity for Brookline residents to remember a hero martyred in the effort to achieve equality in America. Despite his sacrifice and that of many others who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, and, despite the progress made in the nearly 50 years since his death, full equality has not been achieved.

Brookline’s MLK Day is an expression of the Town’s commitment to racial equality. During the year, the Committee will sponsor and plan events that bring us together to celebrate our diversity, to learn from one another, to better understand how racial inequality divides us, and, most importantly, how we may work together to achieve the goal of equality.

Agendas & Minutes

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Helpful Resources

2016 MLK Day

People's Cafe Fundraiser, 2/6/2016 (PDF)

MLK Day 2016

On January 18, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline's citizens joined together in celebration of the life and values of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The one and one half hour event featured inspiring poetry and an engaging keynote speaker, Northeastern University Law School Professor Susan Maze-Rothstein.

Professor Maze-Rothstein attended Devotion Elementary and Brookline High and spent most of her life as a resident of Brookline. She is director of the Legal Skills in Social Context Social Justice Program at Northeastern University School of Law and board president of Our Restorative Justice, a juvenile court diversion program. From her experience as a legal scholar and a Brookline resident, Professor Maze-Rothstein spoke about the deeply ingrained but mostly invisible ways that racism affects all of us. She asked the audience to consider the experience of others and to use the precepts of restorative justice to heal racial transgressions.

As “homework” Professor Maze-Rothstein has posted two papers, "White By Law" and "White Fragility," as recommended reading. Further information about restorative justice is available at the Center for Restorative Justice and Our Restorative Justice

We would like to thank all those who participated in one or both of our Brookline Day of Service Projects co-sponsored with Brookline PAX-- a More Than Words Cafe book drive and a Brookline Food Pantry food drive.

2016 Program (PDF)