Bristol Community College’s annual breakfast to honor the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place on Monday, January 21, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., in the Commonwealth College Center (G Building), on the Bristol Fall River campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The annual event features a free buffet breakfast, musical selections, a keynote speaker and will include the presentation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay contest winners chosen from participating Bristol students and the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Visual Arts Challenge chosen from participants at area high schools.
This year, the college is delighted to have secured Superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools Thomas Anderson as the event’s keynote speaker.
Thomas Anderson was appointed Superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools on July 1, 2018, overseeing an urban district of nearly 13,000 students and over 2,000 staff. Prior to coming to New Bedford, Mr. Anderson lead the Randolph Public School system in Randolph, MA, a suburb of Boston and one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the last 4 years. Under his leadership two schools became Level 2 and the Randolph Public School system exited the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Underperforming Level 4 status after more than 10 years.
A native of East Hartford, CT, Mr. Anderson earned a diploma from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s from Howard University in Washington, DC.