Seemingly under the watching eye of a photo of Martin Luther King Jr., Chelsea’s Evan Mitchell gives an enlivened and uplifting version of ‘Break Every Chain’ during Monday morning’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Celebration – sponsored by the People’s AME Church and the Chelsea Black Community. Several people came out to the awards ceremony to remember King and to participate in and celebrate acts of service done around Chelsea. The keynote speaker was Rev. Ellis Washington of St. Paul AME in Cambridge.
The Chelsea Black Community (CBC) organization came together last Thursday night to celebrate Black History Month and to also memorialize its first public event.
The celebration took place at the Chelsea Public Library.
“This is the first year that we’ve come out to the community with an event and it’s only our second year in existence,” said CBC President Michael Mason. “We have a lot of energetic and enthusiastic minds who want to do great things for the community.”
Joan Cromwell, the vice president of CBC, said she is a life-long resident of Chelsea and noted that her grandmother would have been proud to see so many people recognizing Black History Month together in Chelsea.
“Chelsea Black Community is kind of the new kid on the block,” she said. “We’re introducing ourselves here as well as celebrating Black History Month…Things are changing and we have so many new faces coming to Chelsea. We have people from Africa and Haiti and from all continents. The world is smaller. We have different ethnicities, but one coming together as a community…We’re about connecting people to resources, networking, socializing and just respecting each other. That’s what we’re all about.”
The motto of the organization is ‘One Strong Voice’ and they will begin meeting the last Thursday of every month.
The organization is open to those 21 and over who live, work or own businesses in Chelsea.
The director of public relations is Deborah Washington.