MLK 2020


To register to participate in the

MLK Day Community Chorus click HERE.

More details about the Community Chorus in the second flyer below


FAQs - MLK Day 2020

Q: Where is the event, and what can I expect during the program?

A: The 52nd Annual Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration will be held at the First Baptist Church of Newton on Monday, January 20th at 9:30am. From start to finish, the program of singers and speakers usually takes about two hours.

This years theme is Know Your Neighbor. Our student speakers, highlighted musical selections, and guest speakers will speak to the importance of community, kindness to those we know and those we don't, and how in order to continue Dr. King's work we must meet one another with open minds and hearts.

Q: What else is happening during the event?

A: Parents and caregivers of small children (ages 3-7) are encouraged to attend a free craft and story time hosted by Story Starters. This program starts at 10:30am.

Additionally, we invite all attendees to join us after the program for Community Coffee: an Engagement and Activism Fair to learn more about local resources, ways to become more involved in Newton, and to get to know your neighbors. Free refreshments!

Q: Are there other MLK Events happening that week?

A: Yes! We invite you to continue the conversation on Thursday, January 23rd, 7:30pm at the FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) Monthly Meeting, which will take place at Newton North High School. The meeting will feature an interactive, improv performance by True Story Theater where they will explore what it means to truly "know your neighbor". 

Q: Can I help out in other ways?

A: Yes! The Rotary Club of Newton will be collecting donations of toiletries for the Newton Food Pantries during the MLK Event. A list of most needed items, including toiletries, can be found here.

Q: Who else is involved in the event?

A: This year's MLK Day Celebration is co-sponsored by a number of organizations and groups, including the Mayor's Office, the Harmony Foundation, the Newton Interfaith Clergy AssociationThe Village BankNewton Public Schools, the Human Rights Commission, and others mentioned on this page - FORJ, the First Baptist Church of Newton, and The Newton Family Singers. 

Q: I still have questions. Who do I contact? 

A: Feel free to send an email to Dana Hanson, Director of Community Engagement at 


FAQs - Community Chorus

Q: Who is leading the Community Chorus?

A: Newton Family Singers. You can learn more about their wonderful organization here.

Q: When will we be singing?

A: The Community Chorus will be singing together at the 52nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event which takes place on Monday, January 20th at 9:30am at the First Baptist Church in Newton. More information about the church and its location can be found here.

Q: What do I need to do to join?

A: Please RSVP through our Google Form. You'll be asked to note which rehearsals you'll be attending, as well as some other contact information.

Q: When are rehearsals, and are they mandatory?

A: There are two Sunday rehearsals which will take place at Temple Shalom (more information here), as well as a third on-site rehearsal on January 15th. Here are the dates and times:

Sunday, January 5th, 4-6pm

Sunday, January 12th, 4-6pm

Wednesday, January 15th, 3:30 - 5pm

Please do your best to attend all rehearsals. If you cannot make one of the rehearsal times, you can let us know in the Google Form or be in touch with the organizers via email.

Q: Is there an age or experience requirement?

A: No. We are just looking for people who love to sing and want to join in on this experience! All are welcome.


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