Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Bristol Community College is proud to continue its dedication and recognition of Dr. King’s legacy of service with a special week of events, from Saturday, January 15 to Friday, January 21, 2022. 

This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Community events include a combination of culturally engaging social and educational opportunities, including Bristol’s 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Day of Service on Monday, January 17. The annual Day of Service will be hosted virtually given the current pandemic and will include a keynote presentation led by Jibreel Khazan, an original member of the Greensboro Four, who participated in the Woolworth sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement.

Join the college for this year’s events by registering at the links included with the event description. Once registered, participants will receive an email invite with the Zoom link and information to join the event.

Please note that Bristol students and community members who are attending indoor events must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, as defined by the policy, or have a valid accommodation for COVID-19. For more information, please visit BristolCC.edu/visitorvaccinationpolicy.

Schedule of Events

*Click each day below for more information.

Join Bristol Community College as we welcome Bristol Alumni to join us virtually and kickoff our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Community by cheering on the Bristol Bayhawks Men's Basketball Team. The game will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook Live and announced by former BayHawk basketball coach and current Director of Multicultural Affairs Rob Delaleu. We will have several guests joining us throughout the broadcast.


Virtual Meet & Greet with Donnie Taveras, Bristol’s Diversity Engagement Officer (DEO)
Stop in, virtually, before the game to learn more about Bristol's engaging programs and opportunities, led by Bristol’s Diversity Engagement Officer Donnie Taveras. This key role serves the college and community as a recruiter, mentor and coach for students who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). This role will also help guide students from their initial application with Bristol throughout their path towards degree and transfer attainment. This is open to new, current and prospect students willing to learn more about how Donnie and his role can help you during your educational journey at Bristol.

1 - 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Team vs. Roxbury Community College
Bristol Community College Taunton Center Gymnasium, 2 Hamilton Street. The game will also be live-streamed on the Bristol Community College YouTube page.

3 - 4 p.m.

Listen to players' commentary after the game and alumni share their experiences at the college and answer any questions about the upcoming semester.

8 - 10 p.m.

Take part in fun dance lessons at the La Noche Dance Social at Alchemy, 171 Chestnut Street, Providence, R.I. Workshops will include Bachata, Kizomba and Salsa dancing.

A portion of the event’s proceeds will support the Milton Clement Scholarship, created in memory of Bristol Community College’s Inaugural Multicultural Student Center Director. The scholarship is awarded, annually, to a Bristol student of ALANA (African American, Latinx, Asian, Native American) descent who is actively involved in the college community and demonstrates a financial need. This event is open to all. For cost information and to register, please CLICK HERE.

Due to COVID-19, we will not be doing our annual breakfast and in-person day celebrations, but instead will be honoring the Legacy of Dr. King through a virtual Presidential Address and Keynote by Dr. Jibreel Khazan.

10 - 11 a.m.

Presidential Address and Keynote Speaker

This event is free and open to all. Please register for Keynote Speaker event here.

The National Day of Racial Healing is an annual day dedicated to #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism. Launched on January 17, 2017, it is an opportunity to bring all people together in their common humanity and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.

1 - 2:30 p.m. - 603 days later... Where are we now?

Please join Bristol for this engaging follow-up discussion to A Difficult and Necessary Conversation about the George Floyd tragedy and last year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Workshop: Understanding Your Role as an Ally: A Time for Reflection and Action. The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. David. E. Jones and is a component of Bristol’s Multicultural Affairs Social Justice Forums.


Dr. David Jones, Chief Diversity Officer at William Paterson University, is a leading voice for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and a highly respected diversity consultant, speaker, executive and community leader. He is a member of the Black Speakers Network, a Teaching Faculty member for the Equity Institute at the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center, and the Co-Director and Co-Founder for the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Ujima Institute. As the recipient of numerous regional and national awards, Dr. Jones has been recognized by the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators with the Doris Ching Award for Excellence as a Student Affairs Professional. He has been featured on media outlets, such as The Big Ten Network, Higher Ed Live Network’s Student Affairs Live Show, and the Inclusion in Progress Podcast.

This event is free and open to all. Please register for Dr. Jones' Workshop here

Join us as we celebrate community! Showcase your #Bayhawk Pride by wearing green & white to celebrate our Bristol community. Connect with fellow students, faculty and staff ahead of the first day of the spring semester by wearing Green & White and sharing your pictures with the hashtag #BristolCommunity. Make sure to tag @BristolMSC (Facebook & Twitter) or @BristolMulticulturalCenter (Instagram) so we can showcase your photos on our social media pages!

Join us as we reflect on MLK's teachings and recap the week at Bristol Updates Live.

1 p.m.

MLK Week Recap at Bristol Update’s Live

1:30 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Teachings with Dr. Ron Weisberger

Dr. King is remembered for the speech he gave at the 1963 March in Washington, August 1963. However, beyond the “dream” he discussed on that occasion was a complex man who had devoted his life to fighting not only for civil rights but to eliminate inequality and poverty in this country and throughout the world. This presentation will discuss who the “real” Dr. King was and what his contribution has been to the history of this country, as well as the present time.


Dr. Ronald Weisberger is the Director of the Bristol Holocaust and Genocide Center and Adjunct Professor of History, as well as co-instructor for Bristol's course offering Remembering the Holocaust in Literature and History. Dr. Weisberger is the co-author of Teaching, Learning and the Holocaust, with Dr. Howard Tinberg. Recently, Dr. Weisberger and Dr. Tinberg have contributed a chapter to an upcoming open educational resources (OER) text on the Holocaust.

This event will follow the Friday, January 21 Bristol Updates Live event and is open to Bristol Community College faculty and staff.

Recent MLK Celebrations at Bristol


On Monday, January 18, the college held its 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. While the pandemic may have limited our ability to gather together for our annual community breakfast and physical day of service activities, it did not stop us from unifying to celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. virtually.

This year's event included powerful speeches by President Douglas and keynote Dr. David E. Jones, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Talent Management at William Paterson University. The speeches denounced division and racism and reflected on the notion of serving our communities through a lens of social justice and equity.

After the keynote speech, we continued the Day of Service element implemented at last year's MLK event by offering two workshops for participants. These were facilitated by our keynote Dr. Jones, whose workshop focused on "Understanding Your Role as an Ally in Social Justice Service Work," and Dr. Ron Weisberger, Director of the Holocaust & Genocide Center, who focused on MLK history and readings.


On Monday, January 20, 2020, Bristol Community College celebrated its 20th Annual Dr. MLK Jr. Community Breakfast by transforming part of its traditional speaking program into dedicated service workshops for the Bristol County community.

The free community breakfast kicked off with MLK's famous "I Have A Dream" speech playing for those in attendance. Marquis Taylor, founder, and CEO of Coaching 4 Change gave a riveting keynote on the importance of service and community. The awarding of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s essay contest was given to three current Bristol students. First place winner Daniel Candeias read his essay to the crowd. Mia Vaughn sang a soulful rendition of Hallelujah that rendered a standing ovation from the audience.

The star of the day was the new "Day of Service" component that included workshops, children’s activities, a youth basketball clinic, service projects and community resource tables. This addition was free and provided value to the community. Special thanks to the great employees of Bristol and community business partners who volunteered their time to give back!

The new format proved successful with over 300 guests in attendance, many of whom were youth from the surrounding areas.