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Words of Dr. King


Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St., will present “Words for Today: Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail” from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20.

Trinity parishioners Listo Fisher and Jon Hattaway will read excerpts from Dr. King’s classic letter to faith leaders in the midst of crisis. Attendees will hear these stirring words and join in reflection on the timeliness of his message to faith communities, as the nation wrestles with the continuing legacy of racism.


Visit or call 617-536-0944 for more details.


Poet Laureate at the library


City of Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges will be the guest at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., in a free program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23.


In one of her last appearances as the City of Boston’s Poet Laureate, Georges will read from her work, accompanied by special guests.


Call 617-536-5400 for further information.


Life of Frederick Douglass


The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will present “Writing Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.


There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 p.m. David Blight of Yale University will talk about the challenges of writing his biography of Frederick Douglass, the fugitive slave who became America’s greatest orator of the 19th century. Blight, a prolific author and winner of the Bancroft Prize among other awards, has spent a career preparing himself for this biography, which has been praised as “a stunning achievement.”


Carol Bundy, author of “The Nature of the Sacrifice,” will moderate.


Registration is required for this free program, by calling 617-646-0579 or online at