HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Col. Lester A. Weilacher, 66th Air Base Group commander, signs a proclamation with members of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day committee gathered in Building 1305, Dec. 23. The proclamation recognizes the civil rights activist. An observance is scheduled Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. in the base chapel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)
1/9/2014 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- A celebration to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Jan. 16 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the base chapel.
The event will feature an "I Have a Dream" speech reenactment by Timothy Martin, a 66th Security Forces Squadron employee. Airman 1st Class Fidel Ababa will perform special music at the event. Retired Col. Clarence Dixon will serve as the guest speaker.
Dixon grew up in the same era as Dr. King and also attended Morehouse College, the same college as Dr. King.
This year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance will reflect the theme: "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off!"
November 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law declaring the third Monday in January as a federal holiday honoring King, a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist. Since that time, individuals and organizations across the country have observed King's role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens, the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
For further information, contact Airman 1st Class Ray Rediger at 781-255-1468.