Local events planned to recognize MLK Day

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The Hopkinton Youth Commission, which normally puts together a service-themed program at Hopkinton Middle School and throughout the community each Martin Luther King Day, has adjusted its schedule this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commission will continue to engage the community through its ongoing Community Act of Kindness program, which includes a Kindness Marathon, in which people can choose an act of kindness or pay tribute to someone who has performed an act of kindness. More information is available on the Hopkinton Youth Commission Facebook page.

On Monday (Jan. 18) at 10 a.m. the commission will host an online story time and craft for kids. There will be a live reading of “Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art” by resident Erin Graziano, who then will lead children ages 5-12 in an art project. Registration is required and can be done here.

From 2-3 p.m., HCAM’s Hopkinton Hangout Hour will feature the Hopkinton Youth Commission and the Hopkinton Freedom Team.

The Hopkinton Freedom Team, in partnership with Hopkinton Youth & Family Services, will host a talk on unity by Hyppolite Ntigurirwa, an international peace activist and child survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. This talk will be available for viewing anytime and also will be featured in the Hopkinton-based Islamic Masumeen Center of New England program this Sunday (Jan. 17) from noon-1 p.m. This talk contains some sensitive content related to a 7-year-old’s experience with the Rwandan genocide. Viewing is that of personal discretion.

For more information on the talk, visit the Freedom Team website (hopkintonfreedomteam.org), where details also are available on the Islamic Masumeen Center MLK Day event.

Meanwhile, the Founder of the Natick Freedom Team, Jamele Adams, is speaking through Westborough Connects on “Love, Inclusion and Trust” on MLK Day from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. His foundational work has made the Hopkinton Freedom Team possible.

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