2020 Burlington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3:00pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society
152 Pearl St, Burlington, VT

Keynote Speaker: Mayor Steven Reed

First African American mayor to be elected in Montgomery, Alabama

Featuring the the local Congolese Choir and the New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church Choir.

Open to the public. FREE tickets available at:
Fletcher Free Library, City Market (Downtown & South End), Peace & Justice Center, and ECHO Leahy Center

Info: 802-657-4219

2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award Recipients

  • Fletcher Free Library
  • Ms. Thato Ratsebe of the Association of Africans Living in Vermont and Howard Center Board Member
  • Rev. Rodney Patterson, Founder of the New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church

About Our Speaker

Steven Reed is an accomplished public servant and leader. As Probate Judge, he’s expanded access to representation, improved facilities, and modernized the office to better serve the community.

His contribution toward the creation of the Alabama Healthy Minds Network has helped hundreds of people get the treatment and services they need instead of spending time in jail. He has made drastic improvements to mental health services and has resolved issues in his administration. In addition, Steven correctly stood up for the rule of law in our legal challenge to former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over marriage equality.

He also worked across the aisle with former Sec. of State Jim Bennett when he initiated a statewide voter PR campaign centered on educating the public about new Voter ID laws. In addition, Steven was named to the Department of Homeland Security’s Election Integrity Commission.

Steven has invested himself in his hometown. An alumnus of Leadership Alabama, he also serves on the boards of the River Region United Way and Britton YMCA. He is a volunteer YMCA football coach and a member of the Metro Board of the Montgomery Area YMCA. Steven is the Moderator at Community Congregational United Church of Christ as well as an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Monday Civil Rights Panel

The MLK Remembrance concludes on Monday, January 20 at 3:00pm with a Civil Rights Panel at ECHO Leahy Center.


This event is made possible through sponsorship from the City of Burlington, KeyBank, Champlain Housing Trust, People’s United Bank, Church Street Marketplace, First Unitarian Universalist Society, Mace Engravers, Courtyard Marriott, City Market, Howard Center, Spruce Mortgage