HISTORY

 

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center was incorporated in 1922 as the Newport Community Center to provide recreational activities for community residents, and was renamed in honor of Dr. King in June of 1968. The founders were a group of Trustees of the Newport Historical Society.  The Historical Society had just left the Great Friends Meeting House on the corner of Marlborough and Farewell Streets and was looking for a way to breathe new life into the old building, while honoring the legacy of its founders.
 

From its 1922 opening, the Center immediately became a gathering place for people of all cultures and communities.  Its board, staff, and clients were from every background and every neighborhood in town.  In 1968, the Newport Community Center moved into the former Navy USO building in Newport’s Washington Square neighborhood and was renamed in honor of Dr. King.

 

Over the past ninety-six years, the MLK Community Center has grown in response to community need and become a multi-service agency providing a wide variety of human services and enrichment activities to meet the diverse needs of the residents of Newport County.  Programs include urgent food services, educational programs for children Preschool - Grade 4, and engaging programs for adults.  We are truly a group of neighbors helping neighbors as you can see from our videos below.

 

 

Client testimonial

"The MLK Community Center helps people who need it.  It's an investment.  The betterment of individuals means the betterment of the community.  It starts a chain reaction when people give to the MLK." 

 

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“Thank you for the amazing work you do to keep our community healthy and strong.”

 

- MLK donor

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

20 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd.

Newport, RI 02840

Phone: 401-846-4828

Fax: 401-848-7360

EIN: 05-0271882

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Recipient of the Bank of America

2017 Neighborhood Builder award