Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Natick’s annual MLK Community Celebration on Mon., Jan. 17, 10am. The Community Celebration will be virtual and feature a keynote address from Deacon Art Miller. Deacon Miller is a certified trainer in Dr. King’s nonviolence philosophy and addresses 21st-century examples of the societal tendency to embrace violence. Echoing the thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Deacon Miller brings home the message that no one can tolerate the great injustices that happen anywhere in the world. Register here.
Natick’s MLK events are co-sponsored by the Greater Natick Interfaith Clergy Association, Natick Is United, the Natick Board of Health, Natick 180, Town of Natick, Natick Public Schools, METCO, and SPARK Kindness.
Deacon Miller is a certified trainer in Dr. King’s nonviolence philosophy and to this day addresses 21st-century examples of the societal tendency to embrace violence. Echoing the thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he believes that as part of the great human experience, no one can sit idly tolerant of the great injustices that happen anywhere in the world.
Deacon is an author, radio, and former television host, Vietnam-era veteran and veteran civil rights worker. Miller was ordained for the Archdiocese of Hartford in 2004. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1966 and received his MBA from DePaul University in 1972. Currently he is the director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries. Besides his assigned parish, he is the Chaplin at Hartford’s Capital Community College and Adjunct faculty for Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford and Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington, CT.
At public forums, houses of worship, schools and universities across the country, Deacon Miller addresses issues of social injustice. With firsthand knowledge he speaks to his audiences from the perspective of an African American who grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the 1940s and 1950s. Deacon Miller was 10 years old in 1955 when his schoolmate Emmett Till, age 14, was brutally murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman—an incident that energized the nascent Civil Rights Movement. His recently released book “The Journey to Chatham”, details the historic events seen through the eyes of Emmett’s friends.