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Commemorating 35 Years of Celebration

Founded in 1989 as a potluck amongst friends and neighbors, the Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance Committee has been dedicated for over three decades to upholding the values and legacy of the civil rights leader through its yearly celebration in the Town of Arlington and supporting civic engagement across the Commonwealth year round. 

We Celebrated our 36th year of commemoration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Arlington Town Hall


Rahsaan D. Hall

is a civil rights attorney, current president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and former director of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 

Urban League of
Eastern Massachusetts 

established in 1919, ULEM is one of the oldest affiliates within the National Urban League movement in the country. The ULEM enables adults in Eastern MA to overcome racial, social barriers, economic inequities, sexual and domestic violence to employment and economic development opportunities. 

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We rely on community support to put on this loved celebration each year and sustain our work all year round. Please consider contributing today.

Donations can also be submitted by mail to

Arlington Martin Luther King

Birthday Observance Committee

PO Box 320

Arlington, MA


“Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys. The aftermath of the ‘fight with fire’ method which you suggest is bitterness and chaos, the aftermath of the love method is reconciliation and creation of the beloved community. Physical force can repress, restrain, coerce, destroy, but it cannot create and organize anything permanent; only love can do that. Yes, love—which means understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill, even for one’s enemies—is the solution to the race problem.”
excerpt from "Advice for Living" 1957 

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