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Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration at West Rocks Middle School

file photo Nazareth Patch
file photo Nazareth Patch

The Norwalk Public Schools’ Martin Luther King Day Committee will host, free of charge, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off” celebration from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, on January 20, at West Rocks Middle School. The theme this year is “Eyes on the Prize.” 

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Duane Dyson, founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Violence Prevention Institute, Inc. which presently works with local Boards of Education, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, and the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office.  

The Violence Prevention Institute provides programs that will effect over 15,000 students in various school districts including West Orange, Newark, Plainfield, East Orange, Orange, and Irvington. In addition, Dr. Dyson is an Emergency Room physician at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, CT, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, NJ, and Lutheran Health Care Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Special music will be provided by the Kendall Elementary students and a Jazz Combo from Norwalk High School.  Seniors from Norwalk’s three high schools, who have demonstrated a commitment to service, will be recognized with the Dr. King Service Award. Workshops in celebration of the life, beliefs, and vision of the Reverend Dr. Martin LutherKing, Jr. will be conducted for all, Pre-K through adult. A commemorative souvenir will be provided. The entire Norwalkcommunity and beyond is welcome to attend.

“We will, once again, be challenged to translate Dr. King’s dreams into positive individual and collective actions to ensure racial equality, mutual respect and tolerance,” commented Rosa Murray in the release. Murray is the chairperson of the Norwalk Public SchoolsMartin Luther King Day Committee.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day is a day to celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of a great leader. It is a day to ACT, it is a day on, not a day off.

“It is a day to reflect, as individuals and community at large, where we are in terms of fulfilling The Dream,” notes Ms. Murray.

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