MLK Community Breakfast and Day of Service

MLK Community Breakfast and Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast and Day of Service

Bristol Community College celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. with free community breakfast and NEW interactive service workshops, on Monday, January 20, 2020!

For its 20th anniversary, Bristol Community College is transforming the college’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast, on Monday, January 20, into an all-new, interactive Day of Service, serving multiple age groups and community offerings. Following the breakfast and a brief program, including a keynote presentation by Marquis Taylor, founder of the school improvement initiative Coaching 4 Change, guests will have the option to visit multiple fun and engaging workshops and activities, including a Community Service Fair.

The annual celebration will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020, beginning in the Commonwealth College Center (G Building) Cafeteria, on the Bristol Community College Fall River Campus, 777 Elsbree Street. 

The breakfast, which includes a keynote address and entertainment by Mia Vaughn, will begin at 8:30 a.m., before transitioning to workshops and activities at 10:30 a.m.


New additions to the event include 90-minute workshops, about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., personal empowerment, financial literacy, a theatre workshop, as well as a motivational youth basketball clinic and more! 

Check out the Day of Service workshops and activities offered at this year’s event and register below to ensure availability. Once on the Eventbrite page, click the green button to “register," then select “Free,” under the “Add-ons” section, to view and register for free workshops and activities!

Click here to register on Eventbrite 

Workshops and Activities

Bristol Basketball Clinic
Location: To be announced
Bristol's Men and Women's basketball team will be hosting a free basketball skills clinic for 5th grade and up. Registration required. Important details: Parent MUST be present during clinic. Please refer to the assumption of risk form for the liability disclosure.

Personal Empowerment
Location: To be announced
For individuals to continue to thrive and evolve in today’s ever-changing environment, they need to be agile and respectful of the shifting world one lives in. Your success is ultimately up to you. You control your own destiny, as nothing will be handed to you. You alone can take the initiative and seek out opportunities to learn, grow and evolve. In this session, learn about the various skill sets and competencies associated with personal empowerment.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Location: To be announced 
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 workshop 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.

Financial Literacy
Location: To be announced
Come learn financial tips that can help you become more aware of your personal finances. Sponsored by Santander Bank.

Healthy Relationships
Location: To be announced
Healthy Relationships take time to get right! A healthy relationship, whether that be with a partner, friends, family members, or neighbors, is all about having healthy boundaries, being able to be close and let people into your life, without giving up your rights or your physical and emotional safety. The most important components of a healthy relationship are respect (being able to respect boundaries), honesty, listening and communicating effectively, resolving conflicts and how to say “no.” This workshop will explore the different characteristics of a healthy relationship. Participants will learn to communicate and resolve conflict more effectively. They will also practice listening, speaking and conflict resolution skills in a comfortable environment.

“Let America Be America" Play Creation
Location: To be announced
Let’s make a play! This workshop looks at how an ensemble can create a completely original piece of theatre by collaborating together. By using the poetry of Langston Hughes, this fun, participatory workshop will be an open, inclusive, and exciting exploration of how to make theatre collaboratively.

Dual Enrollment
Location: To be announced
Did you know you can earn college credit while you're enrolled in high school? Bristol Community College offers a variety of dual enrollment opportunities for area high school students. Come learn about the Dual Enrollment process and get your questions answered.

Vision Boards
Location: To be announced
Participants in this session will have the opportunity to think about their goals and how they connect with where they want their future to take them. They'll be able to use their creativity and ideas to create a vision board that visually represents their goals, while letting their personality shine through. The vision board they create will be there's to keep as a token of participation and as a reminder of the goals they strive to achieve.

Keynote Address: Marquis Taylor

Marquis Taylor founded Coaching 4 Change while attending graduate school, at the age of 27. Marquis’ passion is inspiring people to understand that where you start is not where you have to end up. He encourages young people to fight negativity by taking action, evaluating and thinking differently. Growing up in a low-income community in South Central Los Angeles, he witnessed violence, experienced failure and overcame many challenges, which led him to dedicate himself to motivating others.

Marquis graduated from Stonehill College with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and earned his Master of Education in Teaching from Smith College, in Northhampton, MA. He has also been honored as an Echoing Green Fellow and Pahara Institute NextGen Fellow. He has been featured in Boston.comHarvard Business ReviewPeople MagazineHuffington PostCBS, and CNN.

For more information visit Coaching 4 Change


Community Service Fair

Resource Tables and Activities
Bristol Community College Multicultural Student Center
Bristol Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter
Bristol Community College TRiO Program
Bristol Community College Women’s Center
Coaching 4 Change
Community Tax Solution

Resource Tables and Activities
Bristol Community College Student Senate
Health First

Children’s Crafts
Bristol Community College Women’s Soccer Team
The Mayor's Youth Council

Storytelling, Button and Zine Making Activity
MLK Youth Civic Leadership Institute

Grab and Go Messages
Bristol Community College Office of Student and Family Engagement

Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest 

It is Bristol Community College’s honor to present the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest winners selected from participating Bristol students. 

To honor Dr. King’s historic March on Washington in August 1963, the Board of Trustees at Bristol Community College created an essay competition, held in conjunction with the college’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast. The competition invites Bristol students to write about the meaning of Dr. King’s dreams and ideals. A faculty and staff committee took on the challenging task of choosing the winning entries.

This year’s, 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest winners include...

Third place: Alessandra Hernandez 

Second place: Emmy Valentin

First place: Daniel Candeias

Congratulations to this year’s winners for your creative, thought-provoking essays!

Read first-place recipient Daniel Candeias’ winning essay below

Daniel Candeias        

“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Community is derived from the Latin word communis, meaning “shared in common.” But what does community mean today? Our community is more than our town. It is more than where we live. It does not simply end at our city line. Community is surreal, encompassing a network of people who live and work alongside each other. Members within a community share ideals, attitudes, and characteristics. A strong, supportive, and loving community, especially during our time, is a powerful force for change.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. realized this important fact, and he popularized the idea of a “Beloved Community.” He believed that if a majority of people were committed to his and her fellow human beings, all people could share the resources of the Earth. He said, “The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends.” Dr. King’s beloved community relied on the principle, as always, of combating hate with love. In his words, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

The primary function of a community should be support, for we all have times of strength and times of need. Dr. King says, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” When we are in need we may seek the support of our community. It may serve well in all matters. Providing heat for those who are cold, medicine for those who are sick, and food for those who are hungry are some things that a healthy, Beloved community can provide.

For a community to serve its members, it must be nourished. The seeds of the fruit do not grow without the assistance of a hand to water, weed and fertilize them. A community cannot exist where it does not receive nourishment. The countless trials of life may knock us off our feet, yet the even more numerous bonds of gentle souls can help us stand again. We must then conclude that, when we are indeed firmly on our feet it is our unique and innate privilege to serve those in need. In his words, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

When we work to serve our community, we are sowing the seeds of the fruit that will serve us the wealth of the world. When we serve our community, we serve ourselves and our families. And when we serve our community, we allow Dr. King’s vision for a Beloved world to flourish and thrive despite numerous challenges and conflicts. That we may serve to help mankind overcome these challenges is an honorable privilege for those who are willing and able. I would like to end with a final quote from him. “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.