Ceremony to honor Martin Luther King

Mark Robinson

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative celebration will take place today Monday, Jan. 21, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the lower level meeting room of Ridgefield Town Hall.

“The King holiday serves as a focal point for establishing and maintaining community service involving millions of Americans throughout the year to address critical social problems of this nation and to help improve the quality of life for humankind,” said Mark Robinson, ceremony organizer and member of the state’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission.

Speakers will include the  Rev. Charles Hambrick-Stowe of the First Congregational Church, First Selectman Rudy Marconi, and Mr. Robinson.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of Ridgefield’s Martin Luther King Day ceremonies.

The annual Spirit of Dr. King Ridgefield Community Service Award will be presented to a member of the town who has “demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and selflessness in the finest traditions of Dr. Martin Luther King.” This annual tradition honors the memory of Dr. King and celebrates how that memory lives on in the good works of Ridgefielders today.

“This year’s ceremony acknowledges the tireless work and dedication of Rev. P.J. Leopold, executive director of the Association of Religious Communities, and driving force behind a broad range of community relief programs and initiatives,” said Mr. Robinson.

 Library program

The Ridgefield Library will present storyteller Lot Therrio for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, from 11 to 11:45 at the Ridgefield Parks and Recreation Center.

Mr. Therrio will share stories from around the world, stories of wit, wonder, fantasy, and just plain fun. He believes that stories unite us all as people — help us see the ways we are similar instead of different.

The program does not require registration and is appropriate for children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. For more information, see the Connecticut Storyteller Center’s website at connstorycenter.org/ directory_rw.html#therrio or call Children’s Services at 203-438-2282.

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