Westport Program Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Postponed

Jan 14, 2022 | Community | 0 comments

Heather McGhee, author of “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs and How We Can Prosper Together,” is expected to reschedule Westport talk. / Contributed photo

WESTPORT — The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy planned Sunday at the Westport Library has been postponed.

The Jan. 16 event is being postponed, according to a library statement Friday afternoon, because the featured speaker, author and advocate Heather McGhee, “has made the difficult decision to temporarily postpone her upcoming speaking engagements” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program had recently been moved to an online only format because of similar concerns.

McGhee, author of the bestseller, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs and How We Can Prosper Together,” hopes to schedule another date “to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with Westport community members once we can gather together safely again,” the library statement said.

Announcement about a new date for the program will be made “as soon as possible,” according to the library.

The program was being co-sponsored by the Westport Country Playhouse, TEAM Westport, the Westport-Weston Interfaith Council and the Westport-Weston Interfaith Clergy.

For people who purchased copies of “The Sum of Us” in conjunction with the McGhee’s appearance, the books can be picked up at the library.

However, the available copies are not signed. Books can be signed during the author’s rescheduled appearance.

The library will be closed Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

For more information, call the Westport Library at 203-291-4800.

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