MLK Celebration

Guest Speaker: Dr. Donique McIntosh

A Restless Determination: Celebrate the Life and Teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Please join us on Sunday, January 19 and bring friends and family.   We will observe the life and teachings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King during worship service and will host at a brunch with guest speaker, Dr. Donique McIntosh*, who will speak on “A Restless Determination”, is currently serving as our Racial Justice Team Leader of the newly-formed Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ.

Dr. King would have turned 91 on January 15, 2020. He was assassinated 50 years ago. Dr. King spent his life working for justice, unity, peace and preserving rights for all people. We should remember those lessons, share them and see how we can move forward with that vision.

“Dr. King was a tireless advocate for peace, justice, unity and preserving rights for all people,” said Nora Price, one of the event’s organizers.  “He dedicated his life to make the lives of others better.  We should remember and share those lessons and examine how we can move forward with that vision. How do we keep his dream alive and real in today’s world?”

Rev. Dr. Heather Arcovitch, Minister at North Madison Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, added, “It is truly amazing what Dr. King was able to accomplish in his lifetime, which was during a very turbulent time in our history. As a civil rights leader, he won the Nobel Peace Prize and was a Time magazine Man of the Year. He organized many peaceful marches and protests and was a dynamic speaker, as we all remember from the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech he made during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He used that speech to eloquently call for civil and economic rights, as well as racial harmony, for all Americans. Dr. King’s life and accomplishments are worth remembering and can inspire each one of us to rise above the injustices we see each day and reach out to help others in need.”

To make reservations, there is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall or you may call or email the office to make your reservations, office@northmadisoncc.org, 203-421-3241.  The deadline to make reservations is Tuesday, January 14.   If you are able to make a monetary donation toward the cost of the brunch, please contact Nora Price wildwood9@msn.com.

*Dr. Donique McIntosh, a minister and social justice educator, has served as an associate minister at several churches and is in discernment with the Hartford Association. She has consulted with the Connecticut Conference on developing welcoming and affirming ministries and the national setting on the development of social justice curricula, trained church leaders around the country on doing social justice ministry, served on the Justice and Witness Ministry Team of the Chicago Association and on the planning committee of the African American Women in Ministry Conference. Her calling to advocate for social justice has led her to colleges, non-profits, national conferences, state legislative offices, and the White House. Dr. McIntosh’s writing has appeared in scholarly journals and the Huffington Post.

Dr. McIntosh is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She was graduated from Fisk University and went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a doctorate in social justice education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.