Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast 2018

BCC celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. with FREE community breakfast, music, awards, and celebration on January 15, 2018

Bristol Community College’s annual breakfast to honor the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will feature Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Dr. Robert E. Johnson as the keynote speaker. The 2018 African American Alumnus of the year will be awarded as well as the presentation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster and Essay contest winners chosen from contest participants at area schools. The breakfast will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018, in the Commonwealth College Center (G-Building) Cafeteria, BCC Fall River campus, 777 Elsbree Street. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with music, awards, and celebration. The event is FREE and open to the community.
Dr. Robert E. Johnson was appointed chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on March 7, 2017, and began his leadership of the 8,700-student research university on July 1, 2017. He had previously served as president of Becker College in Worcester. A frequent presenter and commentator on issues related to the future of work, Dr. Johnson strongly believes that college graduates must be professionally and intellectually agile to compete in a world where career mobility is the norm, and individuals must continuously build their personal value. Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Touro University International, a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Morehouse College.

Clayton J. Timas, New Bedford, MA, will be named the 2018 Distinguished African American Alumnus of the year.

While studying business administration at BCC, Clayton Timas took multiple part-time jobs to support his brother, following the tragic loss of his father. Prior to graduating from BCC, Clayton transferred to Worcester State University in 2010, where he is only a few courses from graduation. As a student, Mr. Timas began working at Santander Bank before being recruited by Bank of America as an account manager, and he is currently serving as assistant manager of a Citizen’s Bank branch in New Bedford. Clayton has supported his community for the past five years as a dedicated Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball coach, assisting players on and off the court, and instilling in his team that the word “student” comes before the word “athlete.” 

FREE one-credit course honoring the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. begins March 26, 2018

Bristol Community College will offer a FREE, one-credit course, The Readings of Martin Luther King, Jr, (HST 162 16 CRN 10361) on Mondays, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., beginning March 26 until May 17, 2018, at the BCC Fall River campus, 777 Elsbree Street. This course is FREE and open to the public.

In this course participants will read and hear some of Dr. King’s works in order to gain a better understanding of both the man, and his effect on this country, and world history.

During the little more than ten years when Dr. King was in the center of the struggle for equal rights in this country, he gave numerous speeches and sermons many of which have been preserved both in written form, as well as in recordings. In addition, he penned five books and gave many transcribed interviews. A review of such works provides a glimpse into the thinking of this great man, and helps us to better understand what motivated him to devote his life to the movement for positive change. The works also reflect the evolution of King’s thinking and actions as he drew upon his prior learning, as well as his experiences.

To view more information about the course, visit the course search. Select “HST 162 – Readings of Martin Luther King” from the “course” selection box. Here, you will also find registration instructions.