Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

When we dare to dream, we strive to build

Friday, January 15, 2021 – Please Register to attend Friday, January 15th Virtual Birthday Celebration at 3:00 pm. 

The Robertsine Duncan Memorial Award will be presented during our virtual 36th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Virtual Celebration  on Friday, January 15that 3:00 pm.   The NAACP Norwich Branch and Robertsine Duncan Youth Council theme for this years’ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Virtual Celebration is “When We Dare To Dream, We Strive To Build.” 


Welcome and Master of Ceremony Leo Butler, Director of Diversity, Norwich Free Academy
Invocation Mr. Swaranjit Khalsa Sing
Anthems Ericka Alfred,
Norwich Free Academy Student
Life Every Voice and Sing & National Anthem
Welcome Dr. Brian Kelly, Head of School
Norwich Free Academy
Ms. Shiela Hayes, President
NAACP Norwich Branch
Ms. Karen Lau, President
NAACP Robertsine Duncan Youth Council
The Honorable Peter Nystrom, Mayor,
City of Norwich
Reflections on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
2020 Dr. MLK, Jr Norwich Scholarship Awardees
2021 Nexus for High Achievement Awardees:
From Kelly STEAM Magnet Middle School, Maya Combs and Jade Charles Moreno
From Teachers Memorial Global Studies Magnet Middle School, Joal Barrios Mylinn Rivera
From Integrated Day Charter School, Oliver Aubin and Emile Dneus
From Thames Valley 4H Group, Noam Guillet
Dance Performance Miles King, NAACP Norwich ACT-SO High School Student
Introduction of Keynote Speaker Ms. Karen Lau
Keynote Address State Rep. Brandon L. McGee, Jr.
Connecticut 5th District
***Presentation of Awards***
Introduction of the 2021 Robertsine Duncan Memorial Awardee Ms. Shirley Kutia
2021 Robertsine Duncan Memorial Award Mr. Celia Seifert
NAACP Norwich Branch Leadership and Advocacy Scholarship Awards: The NAACP Norwich branch Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr. Committee established the following Leadership and Advocacy Scholarship Awards
2021 M. Garfield Rucker Civic Engagement Scholarship Laura Danieluk-Garcia
2021 Martha F. Montgomery Health Scholarship Sharlyn Naubert
2021 Esther B. Hayes Membership Scholarship Karen Lau
2021 Terell T. Wilson Memorial Scholarship Joceline Rodrigues-Monteiro
Remarks Leo Butler
Benediction Reverend Paul Doyle

Registeration is required to attend Friday, January 15th program at 3:00 pm

Suggested Donation ~Adult $25.00      Youth: $10.00

Please note a portion of the adult cost helps to fund the NAACP Norwich Branch Scholarship Fund and other youth oriented programs throughout the year.

Make Check Payable to Norwich NAACP 

Mail to Norwich NAACP Branch P.O. Box 24 Norwich, CT 06360

If you have any issues registering, please reach out to us at [email protected]

*Sponsored youth registration available here.

A special thanks to our sponsors and partners:

NAACP Norwich Branch; NAACP Robertsine Duncan Youth Council; Norwich Free Academy; Norwich Public Schools; Integrated Day Charter School; Science and Technology Magnet High School; Liberty Bank; Core Plus Credit Union; Queen Bee Oil Delivery Service; Sankofa Education and Leadership

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