Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day Jan. 14
On Saturday, Jan. 14, GDCC volunteers will be collecting tuna and other forms of protein for The Open Door food pantry. We’ll gather at Market Basket Gloucester Crossing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will be loading donations into Open Door trucks and are asked to sign up for two-hour shifts, with a maximum of seven volunteers per shift. Call or email Public Service Chair Bernadette Merenda to sign up.
Admission is free with voluntary donations. The afternoon event on January 16th runs from 1:30-5:30pm.
It will feature multiple presentations:
- Mary Ellen Lepionka on the Cape Ann Algonquian’s first encounter with Samuel de Champlain who named Gloucester ‘Le Beauport’
- Lise Breen with a history of early African-Americans and slavery in Gloucester
- Gloucester Writers Center Fish Tales presenting first-hand stories by Cape Ann residents about their experience of fear, discrimination, assimilation and cultural diversity
- Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken with a summation
- Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ on our big screen in collaboration with Cape Ann Community Cinema.
- Tolling of our Paul Revere bell for freedom.