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Church Celebrates Martin Luther King Day

HARTFORD — The Office for Black Catholic Ministries (OBCM) of the Archdiocese of Hartford will sponsor its sixth annual Mass in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford on Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.

“The Mass will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who never abandoned his faith and fought tirelessly for racial equality through peaceful measures,” said Deacon Arthur L. Miller, Director of the OBCM.

It’s been nearly fifty years since Dr. King delivered his immortal “I have a dream” speech in front of 250,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and shortly after received the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee described him as, “The first person in the Western world to have shown us that a struggle can be waged without violence. He is the first to make the message of brotherly love a reality in the course of his struggle, and he has brought this message to all men, to all nations and races.”

Monsignor John J. McCarthy will celebrate the Mass, Deacon Miller will serve as homilist and music will be provided by the gospel choir of Saint Michael Church in Hartford.

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