Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 15th 2024
A Breakfast & Panel Discussion
Free and open to the public, registration required.
Students: You are eligible to receive credit for 3 service hours for attending the full program/panels.
Sponsored by Sterling House Community Center
Registration is still open to attend. To register go to:
From a day off to a day on
In 2022, Sterling House Community Center decided to shift how we honor Martin Luther King Day from a day off to a day on – in service and discussion. We welcomed 100+ people ready to learn and grow and we can’t wait to do it again!
2024: Join us at the Baldwin Center for breakfast, a performance, and two Panel Discussions; History & Reflection, Empowering our Youth & Future.
@ The Baldwin Center
1000 W Broad St, Stratford, CT 066159
9:00 a.m. Breakfast:
Farm Fresh Egg Sandwiches & Assorted Pastries provided by An EP Experience
9:30 – 12:00 pm
Opening Remarks featuring a one-woman performance by Kimberly Wilson
Panel #1: History & Reflection
A rich lineup of powerful local voices reflect upon Black History through the lens of MLK’s teachings
Panel #2: Empowering our Youth & Future
Youth advocates discuss their experiences and look forward towards the future
Meet our Presenters
Ashley Carr Hampton
LCSW Ashley Hampton returns to the MLK Day discussion this year as a moderator, offering her invaluable experience in mental health.
Erik is the CEO of ConnCORP – Connecticut Community Outreach and Revitalization Program, a subsidiary of ConnCAT designed to explore and implement opportunities for economic development and investment in New Haven.
Jeffrey is Executive Director at the Ruby and Calvin Fletcher African American History Museum. This will be Jeffrey’s third year sharing his experiences and incredible knowledge of history.
Langston is the Athletics & Facilities Manager here at Sterling House Community Center. He works closely with the Stratford’s youth, providing an equitable and enriching environment.
Dr. Albert Lee
At the Yale School of Music, Lee teaches in the academic-studies area and serves as Director of Equity, Belonging, and Student Life.
Anthony has newly been elected to Stratford’s Town Council representing 5th District. He attended Western Connecticut State University, earning a degree in political science and is currently pursuing his master’s in public administration.
John Ramos II
John Ramos is the Assistant Principal of Bunnell High School and the leader of the school’s Men of Color organization as well as the Connecticut State President for National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE). We are excited to welcome John for the second year as an MLK Day Facilitator.
Shia Reid is a 15-year-old freshman at Trumbull High School. She is the President of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP Youth Council and strives to connect and encourage her peers. She is a member of Access Educational Services participating in the annual National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) competition.
Harvard-Educated Attorney Donald Smart has facilitated conversations on “Deconstructing Critical Race Theory” and beyond. This will be Donald’s 3rd year championing our MLK Day event.
Yvonne is joining us again this year as an MLK Day Facilitator. She offers a lens in both education and inclusion as the Supervisor of Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement at Stratford Public Schools.
Kimberly Wilson is the award-winning creator and actor of A JOURNEY: Musical One-Woman Show about the Black experience as told by a Black woman. We are excited for her to perform a snippet from this show as an opener to the morning discussions.