Mount Ida Honors Martin Luther King’s Legacy with Old and New Traditions

January 21, 2014-


Newton, MA – Mount Ida College is honoring the Reverend Martin Luther King’s legacy with our traditional, 16th annual MLK Breakfast and with two new Mustang traditions: Day of Service and Our Dream Dialogue Luncheon. These events are free and open to members of the Mount Ida Community.

On Monday, January 27, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., the College will host our 16th annual MLK Breakfast at the Wingate Event Center on campus with keynote speaker the Reverend Brandon Thomas Crowley, Senior Pastor of Newton’s own Myrtle Baptist Church.


On Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, 2014, students, faculty and staff may participate in a Day of Service to commemorate the spirit and work of the Reverend Martin Luther King. On Wednesday, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mount Ida visits the warehouse of Cradle for Crayons, a non-profit dedicated to providing the essential s for children, to help package and customize donations for the region’s youth in need. On Thursday, the Community will support Birthday Wishes, a non-profit dedicated to bringing birthday parties for homeless children, by preparing birthday party goodie bags for a variety of homeless shelters. For Mount Ida Community members unable to volunteer either of these days, you may select your own day of service and support either of these two worthy local non-profit organizations: Boomerangs Thrift Store or the Greater Boston Food Bank.

On Friday, January 31, 2014, the Mount Ida Community is invited to attend our inaugural Dream Dialogue Luncheon from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wingate Event Center. The dialogue will center on how our community can become even more socially just and civically engaged.

For questions and to RSVP to any of these events, please email Sarah Bouchard at To RSVP to our 16th annual MLK Breakfast, please use our online form.

About The Reverend Brandon Thomas Crowley

The Reverend Brandon Thomas Crowley is the Senior Pastor of the historic Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton, Massachusetts, where he provides pastoral leadership and administration for a growing, suburban, historic, predominantly African American congregation of approximately 500 parishioners, including more than 25 ministries working on social issues from strengthening homeless single mothers in the Greater Boston area to supporting interfaith and peace organizations. He also is the founder of Brandon T. Crowley Ministries, a non-profit based in Rome, Georgia with the mission to bring youth together to focus on love, peace and God outside of a specific religious denomination. Crowley’s Ministries has hosted the Harvest Conference for Youth Development with nearly 1,000 teens in attendance annually.

Reverend Crowley received his B.A. from Morehouse College and M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and S.T. M. from Boston University School of Theology and anticipates receiving a Ph.D. from Boston University’s School of Theology in 2016. Reverend Crowley is involved with a number of organizations, including the American Academy of Religion, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization – Newton Chapter and National Baptist Congress of Christian Education.