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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Virtual Celebration, Jan. 17, Features Chris Wilson and Melvin Wilson

BRANFORD — The 37th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Speaker event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17.

The event, which will be broadcast via Zoom, features a conversation with social justice advocate Chris Wilson and special guest Melvin Wilson, co-founder of Turnaround Tuesday.

Chris Wilson grew up amid poverty, drug addiction, and gun violence in Washington, D.C. At 17, he was convicted of a crime and faced a life sentence. Over his 16 years of imprisonment, he engaged in a rigorous course of self-improvement that included earning his high school diploma and an Associate of Arts Degree in Sociology, and teaching himself to speak and write in several foreign languages.

He also wrote material for what would become “The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose.” A compelling speaker who’s been featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he dedicates his life to making a difference in the lives of people in poverty-stricken communities.

Melvin Wilson leads Turnaround Tuesday, a Baltimore organization that prepares returning, unemployed, and under-employed citizens to reenter the workforce and take an active role in transforming their communities.

The cost is $15. Proceeds benefit the Branford Food Pantry, Feed Branford Kids, Fuel Assistance, and other organizations.

For information on tickets, email

— Lisa Reisman


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