MLK Community Breakfast


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‌The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast originally scheduled for Monday, January 21 will now take place on Sunday, February 3 at 8:30 a.m. The breakfast will be held on the Bristol Fall River campus. 

Sunday, February 3, 8:30 a.m. 
Bristol Community College Fall River campus,
 777 Elsbree Street

Commonwealth College Center (G building)

Please join us to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event is free and open to all ages!

  • Breakfast buffet
  • Musical entertainment
  • Essay Contest & Visual Arts Challenge winner’s announcement! 
  • Keynote address


Bristol Community College to offer free one-credit course honoring the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. beginning March 25, 2019

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 6:30-9 p.m., beginning March 25, 2019, until May 16, 2019, at the Bristol 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, 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.

This engaging course offering coincides with the college’s free annual breakfast to honor the life and ideals of Dr. King on February 3, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., at the Bristol Fall River campus. The event will feature Superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools Thomas Anderson as the keynote speaker and the presentation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay contest winners chosen from contest participants from Bristol Community College and the NEW Martin Luther King, Jr. Visual Arts Challenge chosen from participants at area high schools.


To honor Dr. King’s historic March on Washington in August 1963, the Board of Trustees at Bristol Community College host an annual essay competition, inviting Bristol students to write about the meaning of Dr. King’s dreams and ideals. 

Congratulations to this year’s 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast Essay Competition award recipients.

  • First place: Daniel Candeias
  • Second place: Yanina Correa
  • Third place: Robert Chase

Read the 1st place essay, What Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech Means to Me, by Daniel Candeias.



Please Note: Registration for this event is now closed.

Attention High School Artists! Take part in the NEW Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast Visual Arts Challenge!

We’re seeking digitalized visual art submissions that demonstrate the spirit of Dr. King’s passionate speech at the 1959 Youth March in Washington D.C.

1st Prize: $150 gift card and a FREE 3-credit Bristol Community College course award 
2nd Prize: $100 gift card
3rd Prize: $75 gift card


In April of 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the second of two Youth Marches in Washington, D.C. to end segregation in American schools.  His speech began: “As I stand here and look out upon the thousands of Negro faces, and the thousands of white faces, intermingled like the waters of a river, I see only one face – the face of the future.”

Dr. King ended his speech with a challenge to the youth in attendance: “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”

Each participant in the 2019 MLK Visual Arts Challenge is invited to create an original work of visual art capturing the passion and spirit of the Youth March while envisioning the role of today’s youth in continuing Dr. King’s message of inclusion and diversity.

Submit a digitalized original painting, drawing, photograph, or a photograph of a sculpture, below.


  1. Open to all high school students! Students in Grades 9-12 are eligible. Each contestant may include one submission.  
  2. Digitally-submitted artwork may consist of an original painting, drawing, photograph, or a photograph of a sculpture.
  3. Digitally-submitted artwork file (png, jpeg, pdf) sizes may not exceed 50 megabytes.
  4. Artwork must be electronically submitted by Friday, December 21, 2018, by the official online submission form, below.
  5. Digitally-submitted artwork must include first name, last name, school, home address, email, and phone number.
  6. Judging will be conducted by Bristol’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast committee and will be based on artistry and best depiction of Dr. King’s message of inclusion and diversity. 
  7. Winning contestants will be notified of their award by Monday, January 14, 2019.  
  8. Prizes will be awarded at 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast February 3, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.