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West Hartford to Hold Martin Luther King Day Celebration on Jan. 21

West Hartford's 17th annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at Town Hall on Monday, Jan. 21.

The Town of West Hartford will hold the 17th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in the West Hartford Town Hall auditorium, 50 South Main Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Each year the event that pays tribute to Dr. King's ideals and vision grows more popular and inspiring.  Last year 400 people were attendance.

The 2013 keynote speaker is Dr. Stacey K. Close, Interim Associate VP for Equity and Diversity, at Eastern Connecticut State University. Natalie Mendes of the West Hartford African American Social & Cultural Organization will introduce the keynote speaker.

Rabbi Michael Pincus, Congregation Beth Israel, will give the benediction and Mayor Scott Slifka will welcome attendees.  Brad Drazen, NBC Connecticut, will serve as the emcee.  Billie Jefferson of Conard High School and Stacy-Ann Wallen of Hall High School will offer the student perspective’s on Martin Luther King, Jr.  Musical performances will be provided by the Hall High School Jazz Combo, King Philip Middle School Singers and Conard High School’s B S#arp.

The celebration is free and open to the public.  The West Hartford African American Social & Cultural Organization, West Hartford Initiative for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Town of West Hartford, and West Hartford Public Schools are annual sponsors of the event.  West Hartford Community Television will televise and replay the event on Comcast Channels 5 and 95.  Refreshments will be donated by the Elmwood Senior Center.

If you have any questions, call Renée McCue, public relations specialist, at 860-561-7521.

Submitted by the Town of West Hartford.

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