World in Watertown is a civic organization founded to protect and promote non-discriminatory practices in Watertown, Massachusetts.
      We create and suppport local educational programs and other initiatives
to honor our town's diversity.  
      We bring together members of the community to celebrate our cultural differences.
      We advocate for fair and equal treatment for all.  If and when acts of discrimination occur, we work with the community to respond appropriately.

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Meeting Schedule

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World in 
Watertown meets Thursday, November 1, 2015 at 7:15 - 9:00 p.m., at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St.  

Previous Meeting Agenda:

        - Check-in, announcements                                  
        - Debrief of Faire in the Square
        - Update on Visit from Dr. Bernard Lafayette
        - Unity Breakfast Update
        - Dinners with Project Literacy
        - Follow-Up to Donna Hicks' Presentation
        - Results of Survey and Future of World in Watertown
Watertown Celebrated It's Fifteenth Annual Unity Breakfast

Watertown celebrated it's fifteenth Unity Breakfast on Monday, January 19, 2015.  The event brings together hundreds of people, representing Watertown’s diverse population, to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the man who devoted his life to ending prejudice and racism in our country.

The Unity Breakfast has become a Watertown tradition, with 400 participants and a diverse program that includes a noted keynote speaker, lively choral and vocal performances, essays and art projects by Watertown middle and high school students, and presentation of the annual Unity Award to a distinguished individual or community organization.

This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Emmett G. Price III, one of the nation’s leading experts on African American Music, Music of the African Diaspora, and African American Culture. In addition to Dr. Price, and adding to the music theme, we are thrilled to welcome Francois Clemmons, an Afro-American singer, performer, playwright and university lecturer.  As well as music, the breakfast will include essays by middle and high school students on the meaning of the day, and the annual Unity Award which is presented to an individual or group who has demonstrated outstanding service to the community.

Dr. Price, who holds a PH.D. in ethnomusicology, is an associate professor of music at Northeastern University, where he also served as chair of the Department of African American Studies from 2008-2012.  He is the author of HIP HOP Culture, executive editor of the Encyclopedia of African American Music and editor of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide. A keynote and public speaker in high demand, Dr. Price has served as a guest lecturer at over 30 universities nationwide and has been a panelist at the prestigious Ford Hall Forum.  He currently joins Jim Braude and Margery Eagan every Monday for Open Mic on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio.  Finally, as a professional musician, he has performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Paris and the United Kingdom.

Francois Clemmons, until his recent retirement, was an artist-in-residence and Twilight Scholar at Middlebury College.  Originally a professional opera singer, in the late 1980’s he rediscovered the joy of singing traditional spirituals.  Not able to find a professional ensemble that sang spirituals comparable to a Haydn Society or a St. Cecelia Society, he created one.  The Harlem Spiritual Ensemble is dedicated to "preserving, sustaining and commissioning new and traditional arrangements of American Negro Spirituals for future generations."

The Greater Boston Intergenerational Chorus, under the direction of Joanne Hammil, will join Dr. Price and Mr. Clemmons in providing music for the breakfast.  The chorus is a diverse group of singers of all ages who sing an eclectic, lively mix of music. 

The Unity Breakfast is sponsored by the World in Watertown in collaboration with Survival Education Fund, Inc. and Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment.




:::  Resource Map  :::
The Watertown resource map  is produced in six languages, Armenian (Western), Chinese, English, Portugese, Russian and Spanish. See our Resources page for all the languages. It was developed to highlight points of interest to new residents of Watertown. It is the result of several years of work by many local residents and organizations.  

Representatives from each of four organizations, Project Literacy of the Watertown Free Public Library, Parent Child Home Program of Watertown, Watertown Police Department and World in Watertown worked together to manage the project.


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