Children’s march planned for MLK Day in Cheshire 



CHESHIRE — Cheshire will be among towns across the nation to host observances in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the state’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities partnered together again this year to create an inclusive, anti-racism Children’s March and Bell Ringing Ceremony for Unity to mark the day.

“We are so grateful that St. Peter’s Church is able to partner with CHRO in their efforts to recognize and raise up the voices of children and young people from around the state, who are calling out racial healing and justice,” said the Rev. Sandy Staynor from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. “Since the death of George Floyd, members of the congregation have formed a racial healing group that actively seeks to understand the history and impacts of racism in our country. A core part of this commitment to healing and justice is to listen carefully to our children and young people – and to join with them in their desire to see the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the day when children will ‘not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’ We are thankful to CHRO for this opportunity for our children and adults to walk together in hope and solidarity.”

It is important to hold events in the suburbs, said Cheryl Sharp, and attorney and CHRO deputy director.

“It’s good to come together to show solidarity and unity in Cheshire, even though the percentage of people of color here is very small,” she said.

The significance of the children leading the march cannot is important, Sharp added.

“In 1963, inspired by the civil rights work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., children marched in Birmingham, Alabama for equality, justice, freedom, and dignity, and they sparked a positive change in this nation,” Sharp said. “On Jan. 17, 2022, we will solidify and honor their efforts and those of Dr. King by marching in this little suburban town of Cheshire led by our children, with the goal of unifying our community.”

A brief ceremony will be held before the march. That’s when 8-year-old Jeremy and his twin brother Ezekiel (Zeke) Works, among other Cheshire residents, will speak.

“I want discrimination to stop,” said Zeke Works, adding that “everyone should be treated fairly.” 

His brother, Jeremy, added that all people should feel safe and comfortable around one another and that everyone should be respected.

The march is expected to draw more than 100 children, along with their parents, beginning at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 59 Main St. Hot cocoa and lunch for the children will be served. The march will lead off from St. Peter’s to Spring Street, to Williams Street, past Main Street Caffe, the Cheshire Public Library, to the Watch Factory Shoppes and return to the church.

The march is non-denominational and all are welcome to join in. For details, go to St. Peter’s website or https://stpeterscheshire.org/events/childrens-march-and-bell-ringing-ceremony-for-unity/



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