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Martin Luther King Day

  • January 10, 2024

Please join us for Whittier Street Health Center’s 2024 celebration of Martin Luther King Day on January 12th, 2024 from noon to 2 p.m. in our Community Education Room at 1290 Tremont Street, Roxbury.

Martin Luther King Day is an annual federal holiday that encourages people around the country to reflect on the achievements and legacy of the great civil rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). He worked tirelessly to ensure that everybody, regardless of race, religion, or national origin, could be free from violence and discrimination, a dream that he famously spoke about in his speech on August 28th, 1963, in Washington. Revered as America’s greatest advocate for human rights and peaceful protest, Dr. King was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, making him the youngest recipient in the history of the prize.

The holiday was signed into law by President Ronald Regan in 1983 but was not observed in all fifty states until 2000.  Today, the holiday is often marked with rallies and speeches about equality, and volunteering in community services.

We will be commemorating Dr. King’s legacy and life of service by distributing winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves, to adult and youth patients. Registration is required for the event.

To register for the MLK celebration on January 12th, 2024, please call 617-989-3112 or 617-989-3179.

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).