Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Children’s March for Peace

THANK YOU for a wonderful event!

What a wonderful turnout! Check out the photos and media coverage from the event below.

MLK Children’s March 

January 16, 2023 | 1:00 PM

Meet at St. Peter’s Church — Opening Remarks Streamed on YouTube

About the march

The MLK Children’s March for Peace is organized by the State of Connecticut’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) and aims to inspire unity and peace by elevating the voices of our youth. We celebrate the power of children to make a difference and unite us in love as we march through the streets of Cheshire. St. Peter’s is proud to co-sponsor this wonderful and inspiring event.

In 2021 we held a small bell-ringing ceremony to raise the voices of children and hear their voices as they spoke about their hopes for peace and unity, and what Martin Luther King, Jr. Day means to them.

In 2022 we were honored to work with St. Peter’s parishioner Cheryl Sharp, attorney and Deputy Director at the State of Connecticut’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), to organize a march. Despite the cold and threat of a storm, the event brought many people from the community and beyond to march for peace and unity. They rang bells as they walked and paused at several landmarks to learn more about the history of slavery in our town and to inspire us to build a more equitable future.

Our hope

This year we want to make this event even bigger, bringing more folks from town and beyond to celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. King, focusing on our children as the catalysts to realize his vision of inclusion, nonviolence, and respecting the rights of each and every one of us. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to participate in this event that celebrates the true spirit of this special day.

Making it a day of service

In honor of Dr. King’s mission, we’d also like to make this a day of service. Please bring a non-perishable food item. Donations will be split between Cheshire Community Food Pantry and Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministry’s food pantry.

Download the flier

March route:

  • START out of back of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to Horton Avenue
  • go north on Horton Avenue to Main Street
  • go east on Main Street to Route 10
  • go south on Route 10 to Church Street
  • loop around Church Street and cross over Route 10 (east) onto Wallingford Road
  • STOP in rear parking lot of Town Hall
  • go north on Elm Street to Route 68
  • go west on Route 68 to Route 10
  • go north on Route 10 and FINISH at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Parking

The entrances to St. Peter’s on Highland Avenue/Route 10 and Horton Avenue will be closed to vehicles for the event.

Parking is available in the lot on Spring Street behind the Board of Education building, on-street parking, and the Cheshire Public Library.

Handicapped Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the church.

Schedule of events

*1:00 to 1:30 [this will be streamed via YouTube]:

  • Opening prayer
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Remarks from St. Peter’s youth, Kids Court Academy representatives, and local and state officials
  • Poem reading

1:30:

  • March through town
  • After the march, boxed lunches will be served!

*Note there will be a children’s activity available – we’ll making signs for the march

 

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