Martin Luther King Celebration

Bonnie-Clark-and-Rhonda-Rawlins-MLKThe Martin Luther King Celebration 2014 took place at Smith Middle School, Glastonbury on Monday, January 21st.

The focus of this year’s event was Letters from Birmingham, based on the letter by the jailed Martin Luther King to white southern church leaders who had criticized the civil rights movement. His letter defends his strategy against racism, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws.

Actor David Greer, as Martin Luther King, performed an insightful view on the mood and thoughts of the civil rights leader as he wrote one of MLK’s most quoted and pivotal writings.

Performers, Julia Rosenblatt, Cindy Martinez, and Taneisha Duggan of Hartford’s theater group, HeartBeat Ensemble, along with Co-Director Steven Raider-Ginsburg presented a moving interpretation of Letters from Birmingham. Weaving in contemporary issues, and reminding us of the ongoing struggle in race relations, they acknowledged progress made, while inspiring the audience to continue on a positive  path.

Deacon Arthur Miller of HartfEmanuell-and-Rudra-work-at-MLK-eventord led the evening in prayer and shared his thoughts on this important holiday. He spoke about growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the 1940s and 1950s and personal experiences during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960′s. An author and radio host, Deacon Miller also is director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Hartford. The performances and presentations were followed by a relaxed and candid question and answer session with the audience.

ABC Scholars, GHS Senior, Kelly and Junior Rudra helped to set up the Glastonbury ABC information table and provided attendees with programs and seating for the event.

Additional photos from the evening’s performance can be found on our facebook page – Glastonbury, A Better Chance, Inc.