New Canaan’s 17th annual interfaith service of worship celebrating the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Monday, January 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of New Canaan (165 South Avenue). This year’s guest speaker is George B. Walker Jr. George has worked extensively in social justice and philanthropic causes, as an employee and volunteer. In February 2012, President Barack Obama appointed him to be a member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where he served until the end of the administration in 2016. Professionally, he is the director of diversity and inclusion at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, the world’s oldest cancer care facility. George is a graduate of Morehouse College (BA History) and Duke Divinity School (MDiv). He also is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, George lives with his family in New York City.
The morning’s music will be performed by Serendipity Chorale of Southwestern Connecticut featuring baritone Edward Pleasant and students from Kids Empowered by Your Support (K.E.Y.S.). All are welcome to attend, and all are invited to bring non-perishable food items for the New Canaan Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served following the service courtesy of Walter Stewart’s, Joe’s Pizza and Baskin Robbins.