2019 Unity Breakfast
January 21, 2019
The 2019 Unity Breakfast was another inspiring and thought-provoking program that celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy, challenging the 380 participants to re-commit to racial, social and economic justice.
Highlights of the 2019 Unity Breakfast included:
Honorary Host, Officer Tony Physic of the Watertown Police Department, who convened this year’s event and served as its master of ceremonies.
Keynote Speaker, Rahsaan Hall, Director of the Racial Justice Program for the ACLU of Massachusetts. Mr. Hall challenged the notion that racism no longer exists in American society, and challenged participates to "interrogate the notion of success and progress". He described how racial disparities continue to exist and are reinforced by systemic denial of opportunities.
Winners of Middle and High School Essay Contests who shared their personal understandings of Dr. King’s life and message. In addition, Watertown Middle School students shared an anti-racism "public service announcement" (PSA) video that they had created.
Slideshow of the new MLK public mural ("The Time is Always Right") on the wall facing the Boys & Girls Club basketball court.
Music and entertainment by "A Besere Velt", a chorale group from Brookline, and the Hip Hop Legacy Dance Team from the Watertown Boys and Girls Club.
The Annual Unity Award presented to Mark Harris, retiring minister of the First Parish of Watertown, also a founding member and organizer of World in Watertown and the Unity Breakfast..
Delicious and hearty breakfast catered by the Watertown Deluxe Diner.
The 2019 Unity Breakfast received extensive press coverage from WCATV, Watertown News, and the Watertown Tab. In addition, Watertown artist Sheri Kennedy prepared a set of colorful "sketch notes" for the event.
Critical funding for the Unity Breakfast is provided by Watertown Savings Bank, Tufts Health Plan, Watertown Community Foundation, and other community businesses. We are grateful for their support -- only 50% of the event costs are covered through participant admission fees.
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2019 Keynote Speaker Rahsaan Hall, Director of the Racial Justice Program, Mass ACLU
Local press coverage:
Sketch notes by Watertown Artist, Sheri Kennedy (click to start):
2018 Unity Breakfast
January 18, 2018
The 2018 Unity Breakfast was, once again, an energetic, inspiring, and thought-provoking program celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Over 400 participants attended the event, at the Hellenic Center, which began with a hearty breakfast served up by the Watertown Deluxe Diner.
Highlights of this year's Unity Breakfast included:
Honoraray Host, Darshna Varia, Co-President of the Watertown Community Foundation
Keynote Speaker, Dr. William "Smitty" Smith, the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Race Amity at Wheelock College.
Music by two groups who have been enthusiastically received at previous Unity Breakfasts: the Greater Boston Intergenerational Chorus, a diverse community chorus based in Watertown; and the Watertones, a Watertown high school acappella group.
The annual Unity Award presented to a person or organization demonstrating outstanding community service in the previous year. This year's awardee is Renee Gaudette, Executive Director of the Watertown Boys' and Girls' Club.
Winners of Middle and High School essay contests who shared their personal understandings of Dr. King’s life and message.
Middle School students participating in the Kingian Nonviolence Project, who shared artistic works interpreting Dr. King’s principles through murals and rap lyrics.
To see local online press coverage of the 2018 Unity Breakfast, click here:
To see online videos of the 2018 Unity Breakfast, courtesy of WCATV, click here:
Something new this year ... colorful and creative "sketch notes"created by local artist Sheri Kennedy. These visual notes integrate text and illustrations to capture the ideas, energy, and spirit of the 2018 Unity Breakfast.
Sheri Kennedy, www.fusionarythinking.com
2017 Unity Breakfast
The Unity Breakfast is an annual celebration, sponsored by World in Watertown, that honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
The 2017 Breakfast was held at the Hellenic Cultural Center in Watertown and was once again a great success -- with attendance so high that additional tables needed to be set up to accommodate everyone.
The Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Unity Breakfast was the Honorable Geraline Hines, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. This year's Honorary Convener was Attorney Renee Landers, a Watertown resident and professor of law at Suffolk University.
In addition, the program included participation of Watertown Middle School and High School students (essays, murals, and rap) ... inspiring music ... and presentation of the annual Unity Award to Middle School teacher Ruth Henry and Officer Dan Unsworth of the Police Department for their leadership in the new school and community training on Principles of Kingian Nonviolence.
For local press coverage, see: