Central MA Connections in Faith (CMACIF), in partnership with Westborough Interfaith Association, Westborough Connects and Westborough Public Schools held the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration in Westborough, MA.
This event was held from 9:30am-12:30pm on January 21st at Westborough High School, and was free to all ages. Click here to watch the morning’s presentations including speeches, student essay contest winners, and keynote speaker Ken Nwadike, Jr.
Keynote speaker Ken Nwadike Jr. (Free Hugs Guy) detailed his former homelessness and stated that he overcame insecurities by getting involved in extracurricular activities in school. The support he received from coaches, teammates, and friends while playing sports and participating in student government activities, helped pave the way for Ken to start a number of businesses and a charitable organization that helps homeless teens.[
The Free Hugs Project is a program conducted at workplaces and colleges. Nwadike converses with students and employees during small group discussions. His visit concludes with a keynote address. He has stated that his program intends to promote unity, civility and to bridge the racial divide and to build a more diverse and inclusive culture.
The Celebration is grant-funded by the Lilly Endowment and by Islamic Relief.