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20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast




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DATE: Monday, January 20, 2014

LOCATION: Belmont High School Cafeteria, 221 Concord Ave., Belmont

TIME: Registration at 8:30 am, breakfast at 8:45. Program 9:00 to 11:00 am.

ADMISSION: $5 per person, $10 per family, payable at the door

Celebration, community and conversation.

Supervised activities (with Mr. Dick Samaria (Mr. S.)) for children 6 to 11; daycare for children under 5.

Music provided by Belmont High School students, including members of the Belmont METCO Program, Jazz Combo and Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Advance registration is requested, but is not required.  You may register through the Register Now! link above, or through the link on the Town of Belmont's home page, right side, News and Notices, or through Belmont Against Racism's home page.  

If you, or someone in your group, will need sign language interpretation, please let us know by January 10, 2014.  Belmont High School is accessible with plenty of parking.  If you have questions about other accommodations, please let us know. All are welcome.

Questions: Please call the Belmont Human Rights Commission at (617) 993-2795 or e-mail  belmont.hrc@gmail.com.

Sponsors and conveners of this event, include, among others, the Belmont Human Rights Commission, Belmont Against Racism, the Belmont Religious Council, the Belmont School Department, Belmont High School, the Belmont High Belmontian service club, the Belmont METCO Program, Belmont Disability Commission, Vision 21, Chenery Middle School PTO, League of Women Voters and the Belmont Special Education Advisory Commission.  We are also grateful for the support we have received from many local businesses and individuals.

Proceeds of the event will benefit Belmont Against Racism's Belmont Schools METCO support fund.

Guest speaker: The Honorable Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Senator, Boston


About Sonia Chang-Diaz

Sonia Chang-Diaz

Sonia Chang-Díaz is the first Latina elected to the Massachusetts State Senate. She is serving her third term on behalf of the Second Suffolk District, which is comprised of all or part of the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End.

Senator Chang-Díaz is a thoughtful, honest, and tenacious champion for the voiceless. She is widely recognized as a strong advocate for public education, CORI reform, access and opportunities for low-income and immigrant communities, and for those affected by foreclosures, hate crimes, and youth violence. She has also been a strong voice for sound fiscal reform and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

Senator Chang-Díaz serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education. She also serves as a member of the Joint Committees on Children, Families & Persons with Disabilities, Municipalities & Regional Government, Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, and Public Safety and Homeland Security, and the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets.

Prior to attaining elected office, Senator Chang-Díaz served as a public school teacher in the Lynn and Boston school systems, where she learned first-hand the challenges facing our public school students, teachers, and parents and the role our state government can play in improving our educational system. Senator Chang-Díaz has also worked in public service as a Senior Legislative Aide to former state Senator Cheryl Jacques, as a key political adviser at the Barbara Lee Family Office, and as the Director of Outreach at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a non-partisan fiscal policy think tank.

Senator Chang-Díaz was raised on the idea that leadership, at its heart, is about service. It is a value deeply rooted in her family’s long tradition of public service. Chang-Díaz's mother raised her and her sister while dedicating her career to those most forgotten in our society: from adults with mental illness, to foster children in need of loving families, to at-risk toddlers and infants in Dorchester. Her father, an immigrant to the United States from Costa Rica, was our country’s first Latin American astronaut. Her sister is a teacher. And her grandfather has been recognized as one of the country’s most committed rural doctors. Senator Chang-Díaz currently resides in Jamaica Plain and is a parishioner at St. Mary of the Angels church in Roxbury.