A "DREAM" IN ANSONIA
FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. KING'S ASSASSINATION APRIL 4, 2018
Our Mission Statement: To place a bust of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Ansonia Veterans Memorial Park. To memorialize the transformative legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to inspire the Ansonia community and surrounding Valley communities with love, equality, justice, and compassion for all Valley residents.
This is the time for such a time as this. When our beloved and divided America is in desperate need of a renewed spirit to uplift our dwindling greatness. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an advocate and often spoke of equality and justice for all people. His enduring legacy touches the lives of all Americans today. The people of the Valley and surrounding communities will be honored to represent the ideals of a united America.
Vasil Rakaj, a local sculptor was born in Boga, Albania. He attended the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts. Vasil was commissioned to sculpt a six foot tall, bronze statue of St. Mother Teresa in 1996. He came to the United States in 1998 for the celebration and dedication of four installations of that same piece. He is an international talent whose works have appeared in the White House, Buckingham Palace, The United Nations, and The Vatican. Vasil currently resides with his family in Ansonia and is an active member of the Valley Arts Council.
Photo at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration held at the Macedonia Baptist Church of Ansonia, compliments of Melissa Nunez, www.ValleyIndy.org (L-R) Valley NAACP President Gregory Johnson, Ansonia Aldermen Joseph Jaumann and Lorie Vaccaro, Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti, State Senator George Logan, local sculptor Vasil Rakaj, Keynote Speaker and Macedonia Baptist Church Senior Pastor Alfred L. Smith, Jr., Deacon Dave Gatison of Macedonia Baptist Church, and Williams Temple C.O.G.I.C. Pastor Samuel Levey.
It is our hope that our citizens, businesses, and friends will support this effort to show our unity, strength, and community values through this united endeavor. Working together as a team, we will see the Dream of a Dr. King Bust at Memorial Park in Ansonia, Connecticut.
While there is much more work to do for Vasil and the Ansonia Dr. King Bust Committee to complete this community project, please join us and support the project to place a bust of Dr. King in Ansonia. Only one other city in all of Connecticut has one.
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L-R Vasil Rakaj-Sculptor, Deacon Dave Gatison, Pastor Alfred L. Smith, Jr., Dr. John Hinson-Pastor of First Baptist Church of Ansonia. (Missing) City of Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti, Minister Bruce Goldson.
Many THANKS to all who attended or supported the "CELEBRATION OF A KING" Fundraiser sponsored by the Ansonia Dr. King Bust Committee to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's Assassination. The Event was held on April 4th at the Ansonia Armory, 5 State Street from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There was an unveiling of a likeness of the statue to be erected at the Ansonia Veterans Memorial Park, with a raffle, guest speakers, music, & more.
This will be the day when all of GOD's children will be able to sing with new meaning. "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing."