MKL2018.pngMassasoit Community College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host the 16th annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on February 14, 2018.

The event will feature keynote speaker City Councilor at Large Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, a 2015 graduate of Massasoitand the first Haitian-American elected to the Brockton City Council.

Jean was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and spent his childhood on the Haitian island of Gonave. After the devastating earthquake in 2010, he immigrated to the United States and settled in Brockton. He learned to speak English before enrolling at Massasoit where he earned his associate degree and a certificate in criminal justice. While at Massasoit, he was a Commonwealth Honors Scholar and received the Green Key Award, the school’s highest honor, for his civic engagement and unselfish service both to Massasoit and to the greater community. In 2016, Jean Bradley graduated with distinction from Suffolk University, and in 2017 was elected to the Brockton City Council.

The College’s annual celebration commemorates Dr. King’s legacy by bringing together faculty, staff, students, and the community for discussion and reflection.

The celebration, which will kick off Massasoit’s recognition of Black History Month, will be held on the Brockton Campus in the Upper Student Lounge on the Brockton Campus from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 508-588-9100, x1309.