Photo: The poster for the event.
Belmont’s 23rd annual Martin Luther King Day Community Breakfast takes places on Monday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Belmont High School Cafeteria, 221 Concord Ave.
The guest speaker is Dorothy Stoneman, Belmont resident, Belmont High School graduate, civil rights activist and Founder of YouthBuild. In addition to speaking, Stoneman will moderate a panel of Belmont METCO graduates and friends. While METCO started in Belmont in 1970, it is the 50th anniversary of the METCO program.
In addition to Stoneman and the panel, the program will include
- Belmont District Superintendent John Phelan,
- Belmont High Principal Daniel Richards,
- Dr. Constance Williams, associate professor emerita, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management,
- Pastor Amos Jean Philippe, Belmont Community Church of God,
- Muneeb (Moe) Khan, The Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland,
- a trio comprised of BHS students Lara Zeng ’19 (violin), Alex Wilk ’19 (viola) and Annalise Schlaud ’19 (cello),
- BHS student singers and METCO program participants Jaelyn Creech Moise ’18 and Janae Creech Moise ’19 (“Amazing Grace”).
The METCO Panel of METCO Graduates and Friends, will include three METCO graduates from Belmont’s first class of METCO students. These students spent 12 years in the Belmont Schools from 1st grade at the Butler Elementary to graduating from Belmont High School. The panel will include:
- Angela Simpson, BHS Class of 1982
- Lee Williams, BHS Class of 1982, coming from Baltimore for the event
- Anthony Lumley Sr., BHS Class of 1982, now a METCO parent, Wellesley Schools
- Marrcus Henry, BHS Class of 2004
- Melvin MacKenzie, BHS Class of 2004
- Lorraine Kermond, BHS Class 1984, Belmont resident and Belmont Against Racism Board Member
As in the past, there will be a request for donations to support the Belmont Schools’ METCO Support Fund. A member of the board of Belmont Against Racism and Belmont Schools’ METCO Director Ms. Diane Wiltshire will make the request. As stated above, all checks should be payable to Belmont Against Racism re METCO Support Fund.
$5 per person/$10 per family (at the door)
Pastries, fruit and beverages will be served. Student musical entertainment will be provided. Ample parking. Accessible to persons with disabilities. Join with old friends and meet new friends. Children of all ages are welcome and childcare and gym activities will be provided for children 2-12 during the program.