The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Remembrance Celebration, marking the birthday of the late Civil Rights Leader, happens at 4 pm Sunday at the First Unitarian Church at 71 Eighth St, in Downtown New Bedford. The public is welcome to attend. 

The theme for this year's program is "Let Our Voice Lead The Change," and will feature musical selections from various local artists, and the student choir from the James B. Congdon School in New Bedford. The keynote speaker is Rev. Cordell Polk, Pastor of the United House of Prayer.  There will also be an announcement concerning the 2018 winner of the Annual Essay Contest

The program was organized by the Greater New Bedford Area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, and is chaired by Marci Pina-Christian. She joins WBSM's Jim Phillips on this week's Townsquare Sunday program to discuss Dr. King's life and the annual celebration that honors his birth and legacy.

Townsquare Sunday with Jim Phillips can be heard each Sunday at 6 am on WBSM 1420 and WBSM.com. Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program highlighting non-profits and community organizations in the Greater New Bedford area. If you have a public event, festival, or neighborhood activity you want to publicize, submit your information here.

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