First Baptist of Nashua to hold tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

NASHUA – The First Baptist Church of Nashua will hold its 33rd annual celebration honoring the life, ministry and contributions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Charles V. Willie, the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education Emeritus at Harvard University.

Musical performances will be given by the First Baptist Church choir, New Fellowship Baptist Church gospel choir, New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus, and soloists Julia Leonard and Sophia White.

Willie received his B.A. from Morehouse College along with King. He received an M.A. from Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University in 1957.

Willie became the first African-American professor at Syracuse University, where he was appointed chairman of the department of sociology and was vice president of student affairs.

In addition, he served President John F. Kennedy as research director of Washington Action for Youth, and President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the President’s Commission on Mental Health.

Willie has served as a consultant, expert witness and court-appointed master in school desegregation cases in major cities, one being the landmark case in Boston in 1974 from which the “Controlled Choice” plan was developed and used in Boston for 10 years.

First Baptist Church has a strong history of providing and promoting an open and welcoming environment.

In 1982, First Baptist was the only church that opened its doors to host the first MLK Jr. tribute, then organized by the Council for Civil Rights of New Hampshire.

It has continued the annual event as part of the church’s dedication to continue to build on the dream of MLK Jr. and spread a message of hope and inspiration in communities.

The event has brought some of the most distinguished speakers to Nashua, among them the Rev. Jesse Jackson, U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd, New Hampshire African-American historian Valerie Cunningham, the Rev. Julian K. Fredie Jr. and, most recently, Liz Walker.

Refreshments will be served after the program. Child care will be provided. The church is at 121 Manchester St.

The event is free.

First Baptist of Nashua to hold tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

NASHUA – The First Baptist Church of Nashua will hold its 33rd annual celebration honoring the life, ministry and contributions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Charles V. Willie, the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education Emeritus at Harvard University.

Musical performances will be given by the First Baptist Church choir, New Fellowship Baptist Church gospel choir, New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus, and soloists Julia Leonard and Sophia White.

Willie received his B.A. from Morehouse College along with King. He received an M.A. from Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University in 1957.

Willie became the first African-American professor at Syracuse University, where he was appointed chairman of the department of sociology and was vice president of student affairs.

In addition, he served President John F. Kennedy as research director of Washington Action for Youth, and President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the President’s Commission on Mental Health.

Willie has served as a consultant, expert witness and court-appointed master in school desegregation cases in major cities, one being the landmark case in Boston in 1974 from which the “Controlled Choice” plan was developed and used in Boston for 10 years.

First Baptist Church has a strong history of providing and promoting an open and welcoming environment.

In 1982, First Baptist was the only church that opened its doors to host the first MLK Jr. tribute, then organized by the Council for Civil Rights of New Hampshire.

It has continued the annual event as part of the church’s dedication to continue to build on the dream of MLK Jr. and spread a message of hope and inspiration in communities.

The event has brought some of the most distinguished speakers to Nashua, among them the Rev. Jesse Jackson, U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd, New Hampshire African-American historian Valerie Cunningham, the Rev. Julian K. Fredie Jr. and, most recently, Liz Walker.

Refreshments will be served after the program. Child care will be provided.

The church is at 121 Manchester St.

The event is free.