Dedication of New Mural Featuring MLK’s Nonviolent Teachings Coming Soon

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A mural was painted outside the Watertown Boys & Girls Club by Watertown students and others.

This week, a mural focusing on the nonviolence teachings of Martin Luther King will be dedicated. The ceremony outside the Watertown Boys & Girls Club will be attended by a friend of MLK and Civil Rights leader, who teaches nonviolent conflict resolution.

The effort to spread Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution started in Watertown several years ago. In 2016, the Watertown Public Schools trained students and teachers in the Kingian philosophy and welcomed Dr. Bernard Lafayette, a friend of MLK who helped him in his Civil Rights efforts.

Lafayette will return to town on Thursday, June 7, 2018, for the dedication of the mural next to the basketball courts outside the Watertown Boys & Girls Club.

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A panorama of the mural dedicated to the nonviolence conflict resolution teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

The mural was created by Watertown middle and high school students over April Vacation. It includes the words ” The Time is ` Right,” and as well as quotes and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including his six principles of nonviolent conflict resolution.

The mural honor Dr. King, as well as, Joey Glynn, a player in the Watertown Summer Basketball League who died while playing a game at the court above which the mural has been painted.

The dedication ceremony will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Saltonstall Park basketball court (behind the Boys and Girls Club). There will be speakers, music, performances and food.

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The mural faces the Saltonstall Park basketball courts and also honors a Watertown Summer League player who died while playing in a game at the court.

This mural is made possible by the generous support and collaboration of:
MassPartners of the Americas, Sherwin Williams, Watertown Savings Bank, Watertown Community Foundation, Watertown Public Schools, Watertown Police Department, Watertown Boys & Girls Club, Watertown Recreation Department, Watertown Police Foundation, Mosesian Center for the Arts, HATCH Makerspace by the Watertown Free Public Library, World in Watertown, Unity Breakfast Committee, Watertown Public Art Committee, Russos’ & Sons and the Watertown Fire Department.

Find out more about the mural and the Kingian nonviolence effort in Watertown in this clip from WCA-TV’s Watertown Weekly News.

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