Martin Luther King Jr. & The Power of Voice

Inspiration through Voice:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

During the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called for an end to racism and the enacting of civil rights legislation (see the short documentary, The March). From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King’s speech was delivered to an audience of over 250,000 people. The speech, now known as “I Have a Dream,” is considered one of the most important moments in the American Civil Rights Movement.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January), take a moment to read (or listen to!) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream.” This speech is a defining example of the power of voice. It is a reminder of how words, voice, stories, ideas have the ability to inspire and enact positive social change to better our communities and make them more resilient and compassionate.

King’s speech speaks to the value and importance of kindness through civic engagement and community service. Finding ways to serve your local community also reveals opportunities to learn something new, meet neighbors and engage in intergenerational dialogue with others. Community service is an empowering action. Not only does it enrich our local communities, but it also enriches our own experience through the learning of new skills and activities.


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Annual MLK Jr. Community Celebrations in Western MA

Annual MLK Jr. Celebrations in Western MA

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against civil injustice and fought for the civil rights of black Americans. His work to create a just and peaceful society is a reminder of how important civic engagement and service is in sparking positive social change and the formation of ethical communities that champion diversity, openness, compassion, and solidarity. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work, many organizations and volunteers dedicate themselves to a day of community service in honor of his commitment to social justice.

On the 3rd Monday in January, the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day offers families a three-day weekend – a treasure that can be used to engage in meaningful community-based learning opportunities. Families can take advantage of this special day honoring Dr. King’s work and lasting impact on our country by taking part in community celebrations, giving their time to be part of a day of service, or attending educational screenings and performances.  Read the rest of this entry »

Sense of Place: The Power of Voice

Suggested Events for January 19th-25th, 2013

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

It’s a great day to get out into the snow! Just add kids and go! This month in “What to Play? Play Ideas for Family & Community,” Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Carrie St. John, shares creative activites to do in addition to traditional snowy day activities. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest EventIf you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

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BEST BETS

Winter Bucket ListSaturday, January 19th in Hampden County from 10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURE: The Springfield Museums are opening a new exhibit!  GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World shares the history and science behind the iconic musical instrument.  Visitors can also learn about over 60 rare, unique, and antique instruments, learn about playing music through hands-on interactive exhibits, and more!  The opening celebration will feature a performance by Mister G, a local (but internationally known!) kids musician whose songs (often bilingual!) feature silly, sing-along style lyrics that kids love.  800-625-7738.  21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA.  (<$)

Saturday, January 19th in Berkshire County from 1-7pm – MUSEUM/ANIMAL ADVENTURE: The Berkshire Museum is coming alive with creatures of the night – the museum’s newest exhibit is all about bats, Bats: Creatures of the Night, and it opens today!  There will be fun family activities from 1-3pm, including a scavenger hunt, echolocation experiments, and wing-making.  At 4pm, the museum is offering a lecture on bats – great for older students with audience skills.  Finally, from 5-7pm, families can enjoy bat-themed treats and take tours of the new exhibit (plus, admission is free after 5pm)!  413-443-7171.  39 South Street.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE with museum admission)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The Franklin Land Trust is teaming up with Hawley’s Stump Sprouts Cross Country Ski Center on an outdoor adventure for all ages! The adventure is a Full Moon Getaway to be held Jan 27-28, and Hilltown Families has a family 4-pack of passes to giveaway! The Full Moon Getaway begins at 1pm, with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, depending on snow conditions. Drop-in ski instruction, lessons, rentals, hot mulled cider, snacks, lunch and dinner will be available, as well as music and a special Moonlight Frolic. Participants can choose to stay for the afternoon, into the evening or overnight. A family 4-pack of passes is good for day/evening or both, good for Sunday or Monday, January 27 or 28 (Value $36-$48). Passes do not include lunch/dinner nor overnight stay. To enter for a chance to win, email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com with “Franklin Land Trust” in the subject line and your full name and town in the body of the email. Deadline to enter for a chance to win: Jan 24th by 11:59PM (EST).

Make Your Own Handmade Valentines with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls during a free family workshop on Friday, January 25th, from 4-7pm. Families can create their own unique valentines using simple book-making techniques or countless other ideas with materials provided by The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls. Drop in anytime. Pre-registration required. Sign up here. 14 Depot Street. 413-625-2782. Shelburne Falls, MA (FREE)

Hilltown Families 5th Annual Handmade Community Valentine SwapHandmade Community Valentine Swap: It’s that time of the year again for the 5th Annual Hilltown Families Handmade Community Valentine Swap! For the past several years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we’re doing it again! Push back against the commercialization of Valentine’s Day while getting creative with your kids and connecting with your community… sign up to participate! Swapping happens through the mail with 10 other families! It’s free to sign up and open to all families in Western MA.  Deadline to sign up: Jan. 31. Western MA (FREE)

Parent Workshop on Tuesday, Jan 29 from 6:30-8:30pm: Talking to Your Kids About Sex. Having trouble finding a comfortable, productive way to talk to your kids about sex?  Hilltown Families is sponsoring another workshop for parents on approaching the subject with their children.  The event takes place after hours at Cup and Top Cafe, and will be facilitated by Brooke Norton, a certified sex educator.  The talk will begin with talking with youngest kids, and progress through teens.  Sexuality, puberty, body image, and sexual identity will also be discussed.  413-585-0445.  1 North Main Street, Suite 2.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

BULLETIN BOARD

Jan 19

Chris Smither is performing in Ashfield on Saturday, January 19th and Hilltown Families has two pairs of tickets to giveaway for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! Deadline: Jan 17th by 11:59pm (EST).

Chris Smither will be in concert at Ashfield Town Hall on Saturday, January 19 at 8pm. A profound songwriter, Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers and will perform songs from his newest album, Hundred Dollar Valentine. “Smither’s momentum as a rockin’-thumbed guitar picker with an insistent and fully-integrated tapping foot has all the hallmarks of a truly formidable one-man band,” hailed The Glasgow Herald. A perfect night out for fans of acoustic roots, Americana, and blues music. General seating tickets are $20adv/$25dos, and are now on sale at MightyAlbert.com  and in-person at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield. For more info call 413-628-4003.

Jan 20 – Mar 19

Are you looking for an affordable way to get your family into art? Art Party Studio in Easthampton, MA, is now offering art classes for kids, teens, and adults. Registration for their winter session is now open and features classes for youth including: a child/parent art class (ages 2 to 5), Fiber Arts (ages 6 to 9), Youth Fine Art (ages 10 to 14), and Comics for Teens (ages 12 to 16). Classes for adults are open to ages 17 and up unless otherwise stated and include: Oil Painting, Comics and Visual Storytelling, Crochet, Figure Drawing, and more! Classes run for 8 weeks, from January 20th to March 19th. To register, visit online at www.joinartparty.com or send an email to artpartystudio@gmail.com if you’re looking for a payment plan.

Jan 24

Free introductory sign language class for parents and children 0-3 yrs on Thursday, Jan 24th at 11am at Cradle in downtown Northampton. An 8-week class to follow on Thursdays at 11am, running Jan 31-Mar 21, also at Cradle. Cost: $100. Drop-ins: $15/class. Instructor: Kathryn Petruccelli. Classes follow the Baby Signing Time series with additional activities, songs and stories. Teaches real American Sign Language. A space to play and learn around this amazing communicative tool and watch our children speak to us with their hands – sometimes even before we get to hear their voices! Expectant parents welcome. Register for the series by Jan 24 and be entered to win one of two Signing Time gifts. More info: www.startwithsign.com.

Jan 26

The Common School in Amherst will host an Open House on Saturday, January 26th from 10am-12noon. Offering independent, progressive education for children age 3-12 in the Pioneer Valley, The Common School’s mission is to develop strong academic and social skills while nurturing each child’s love of learning, respect and compassion for others, and commitment to the environment. Parents and children are welcome to come to the Open House. Come meet the faculty, play in classrooms, and explore the beautiful campus. Accepting applications now for fall 2013. To schedule a visit call 413-256-8989. Find out more at www.commonschool.org.

Jan 27

Open House at Cloverdale Cooperative PreschoolSunday, January 27, from 2-3:30pm in back of the Florence Congregational Church at 130 Pine St. Visit the classroom and meet the teachers – Meet the teachers and parents who can answer all your preschool questions. Cloverdale, a half-day parent cooperative preschool, with an option for extended days, has been in existence since 1954. Its philosophy has remained unchanged throughout the years. In the true sense of the word, cooperative teachers & parents work closely together to provide children a meaningful blend of experiences to peak their innate curiosity, therefore imparting a lifetime love of learning. For more info visit www.cloverdalepreschool.com or call 413-586-1106 after 12:30pm.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
January 19th-25th 2013

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Berkshire Family Fun

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Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday in Western Ma. Family friendly events for MLK Day are listed below.

Click here to suggest an eventIf you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE HILLTOWNS

Sarah Stockwell of Cummington, MA writes: Please join me for a warm night of wonderful food, company and music at Bread Euphoria this Friday night 1/15 from 6 pm to 8 pm. This event is part of Winter Fare Northampton week in support of local food (sponsored by CISA). You probably know that I am passionate about local food and learning to live sustainably, and I’ll be singing about it! And ancestors, land and deepening our connections with the earth and each other. Bread Euphoria serves homemade pizza, sandwiches, salads and soups, in addition to their absolutely rockin’ cakes and pastries. They use local and organic ingredients, when in season, including sourdough crusts. You are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine or beer if you like. Bread Euphoria is at 206 Main St. in Haydenville, just minutes from Northampton, on Rt. 9 at the Williamsburg line. For more information about Bread Euphoria call 413-268-7757 or email info@breadeuphoria.org. And please mark your calendars for my annual Earth Hour Concert in Cummington, Saturday March 27 at the West Cummington Church! http://www.sarahstockwell.com

DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS:

  • Here’s what they’re cookin’ up at Elmer’s in Ashfield: On Thursday it’s Sweet and Sour Pork or Sweet and Sour Tofu over fried rice. Friday dinner is Horseradish and Smoked Salmon Encrusted Atlantic Salmon with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis over vegetable and feta cous cous. The vegetarian option on Friday is Mixed Roasted Vegetables over feta, kalamata olive and cucumber cous cous. Ashfield, MA ($)
  • On Saturday, the Remington Lodge in Cummington is serving up a Mexican Fiesta with guest chefs Joe Frye and Lisa Newman.  Menu includes spicy pickled vegetables, chips and fresh salsa, black bean, corn, and red onion salad, chicken tortilla pie with Spanish rice and leche quemada dessert. Call to RSVP. Cummington, MA ($)

BULLETIN BOARD

Hilltown Families is offering one winning family a copy of this newly release DVD. Deadline to enter to win is Monday, 01/18/10 @ 7pm. Click on image for details.

SPONSORSHIP, ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement on our Weekly List of Suggested Events. Serious inquiries can email us at hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for details.

Kara Kitchen of Plainfield, MA writes: I now work at the Dalton Community Recreation Association, a great community fitness center and pool (we have sports too!). Just wanted to let you all know we are accepting sign-ups for swim session 3 (Jan.25-April 10) all levels! Classes are $60 for 10 weeks (that’s $6 per class). Call 684-0260 or stop by-we are located on Rt. 9 just before Crane/Coltsville/Pittsfield-about 15 miles from Plainfield, Cummington, and Worthington.

Tom Adams of Williamsburg, MA writes: In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new website in town that caters to “all things Williamsburg.” It’s a place for people to post events, photos & videos, ask questions, find answers, start a group, …basically meet & communicate with folks in town, etc., etc. We’d love for you to join and help spread the word. Here’s the link: http://allthingswilliamsburg.ning.com

GAME SWAP: Family Board Game Swap Now Forming. Families with games their families have out-grown are invited to participate in a family game SWAP! Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com with the names of the game(s) you have to swap and the name of the town you live in. If there is a good response the organizing will begin!

HOMESCHOOL HORSE RIDING LESSONS: Ten week horse riding program offered by Heritage Farm in Easthampton, MA for homeschoolers. Beginner level (ages 6 & up) is on Tues. from 12:30pm-2pm,beginning Feb. 6th; Intermediate level is on Wed. at same time, beginning Feb. 11th. Heritage Farm is well known for their year-round riding program which emphasizes safety, horsemanship and fun.Their home school riding program is a chance for riders to spend time riding as well as horsemanship activities. Each week’s session will be 90 minutes, with approximately 60 minutes horseback. Cost: $425 for 10 week session; $225 due February 1, $200 due March 1. Pre Payment: $400 if paid in full by February 1. For more info contact Diane at 527-1612. www.farmheritage.com

HISTORY LECTURE: Pounds, Pence, & Pistareens: The Real Story of Money in Colonial America, part of the Historic Deerfield’s Winter Lecture Series to explore Colonial Numismatics, on Sunday, January 24th at 2 p.m., White Church Community Center. Erik Goldstein, Curator of Mechanical Arts and Numismatics at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will deliver the first of three lectures in the 2010 Winter Lecture Series “A Freshly Minted Democracy: Coins and Medals in Early America.” For more information on the entire 2010 Historic Deerfield Winter Lecture Series, please visit www.historic-deerfield.org. Free. Appropriate for high school students and older.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR KINSHIP CAREGIVERS: Are you a grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or sibling who is raising your relative’s children? If so, you are a Kinship Care provider! A free ten-session educational and support group for Kinship Caregivers who are parenting at least one child age six or under, will begin January 27th from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Berkshire Children and Families 220 Russell St. Suite 200, Hadley, MA. A meal and child care will be provided. For more information call Katarina Noyes at 413-584-5690 ext 140.

HAITI EARTHQUAKE | PARTNERS IN HEALTH: A major earthquake centered just 10 miles from Port-au-Prince has devastated sections of the city and knocked out telephone communications throughout the country. Partners In Health staff in Boston and Haiti are working to collect as much information as possible about the conditions on the ground, the relief efforts taking shape, and all relevant logistics issues in order to respond efficiently and effectively to the most urgent needs in the field. Read full article.

HAITI EARTHQUAKE | HOW TO HELP:  CBS News shares a list of charities, including how to text the Red Cross and others here.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Share your talents at the River Valley Market Co-op in Northampton, MA. The Member-Owner Outreach Committee meets each month to plan fun events that help the public learn about River Valley Market and co-ops in general. Are you good with people and eager to share your talents? Come join the adventure and make your mark with Outreach! Their next meeting is Wednesday, February 10, from 7-8:30 pm. This is a great, fun way to meet people and help grow the co-op!


WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 01/16/10

Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO: Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

9am-3pm – FOOD | WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter Farmer’s Market at the Dynamite Space at Thornes Marketplace. From honey to hamburger, kale to apples, you’ll have access to the best in local produce, brought to you by the best in local farmers. Plus, live music, art, and a warm space to get out of the cold and into the community. Northampton, MA

SUSTAINABILITY: NOFA Winter Conference. www.nofamas.org 978-928-5646 Worcester, MA ($$$)

10am- 12Noon – PLAYGROUP GROUP | MOTHERS OF COLOR: Color Play is our new monthly social and craft for families raising children of color (all ages). Transracial adoptees and LGBTQ families are strongly encouraged to join. (413) 658-5096 Northampton, MA (Free)

10am-1pm – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Animal Tracking and Wildlife Wanderings. Introduction to the art and science of tracking by learning how to read tracks and signs to tell the stories of the landscape. Beginner and novice trackers come together and are immersed in ancient and modern teachings. Easy to moderate hiking. www.earthworkprograms.com 522-0338 Northampton, MA ($)

10-11:30am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Animal Tracking: An Outdoor Adventure. Join educator Rachel Roberts for a variety of hands-on science and art activities about animal tracking in winter. There will also be a brief story time with a wonderful book about animals in the wintertime and time to look at books about tracking. We will spend part of the class outdoors looking for signs of animals around Northfield Mountain and play some tracking games, so dress appropriately. For ages 5 and older. Pre-registration required. 800-859-2960 Northfield, MA (FREE)

1pm – LITERARY EVENT: A book reading with Anna Kirwan from her newly published books, the retellings of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn at the Meekins Library. Williamsburg, MA (FREE)

3-7pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Come celebrate the new year with a Family Concert and Winter Carnival Benefit. Carnival activities, Fairy House Exhibit, Silent Auction, Food, and Music by award winning Pioneer Valley Artists: Dennis Caraher, Sarah Pirtle & Annie Patterson. All proceeds to benefit The Children’s Learning Cooperative of the Pioneer Valley. 262-1137 Hadley, MA ($)

7:30pm – THEATER: Amherst Leisure Service Community Theater presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Bowker Auditorium at UMass. 259-3065 Amherst, MA ($)

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City School, Country School Honor Martin Luther King Jr. in Western Mass

City School and Country School Honor
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Through Community Engagement in Western Mass

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., students at The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in semi-rural Haydenville, MA and the students at the Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence in urban Springfield, MA will take part in a joint celebration and day of service. The City School / Country School project is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA).

Both schools have initiated a food drive to gather supplies for the food pantry at the MLK Community Center in Springfield which they will deliver on Friday, Jan 16. The full student bodies of both schools – over 400 children – and their teachers will come to the Community Center that morning for a participatory musical celebration of Dr. King’s life and work. Following the celebration, 4th and 5th grade students from both schools will go to the food pantry to help with the distribution of the collected foods and the 6-8th graders from Hilltown will return to the MLK School to volunteer time in the classrooms of the younger students there.

On Monday January 19, the choruses from both schools will be part of the Opening Ceremonies at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, MA.

Deirdre Arthen, the Community Coordinator at the Hilltown Charter School says,  ”This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to embody the dreams of Martin Luther King by connecting personally with one another and by offering their time and effort to better the lives of others”.

“MSA is pleased to support the City School / Country School Project during this important and symbolic time.  We hope this resource will enable the schools to help their students learn that they can help meet real community needs in conjunction with the King Day of Service.  We also hope that this project will provide a springboard for continued service throughout the year”, said Emily Haber, CEO of the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

The Corporation for National and Community Service selected Massachusetts to highlight the King Day of Service, encouraging individuals and communities to view MLK Day as a “Day On” rather than a “Day Off.”  Boosted by President-elect Obama’s call for Americans to serve on King Day and throughout the year, community-based organizations across the Commonwealth came out in record numbers to address need.

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Martin Luther King Day of Service: January, 19th 2009

President-elect Barack Obama Issues National Call to Service on MLK Day of Service

President-elect Barack Obama is calling on Americans across the nation to volunteer in the January 19, 2009 Martin Luther King Day of Service. The upcoming Martin Luther King Day falls on the day before Obama’s historic inauguration. The President-elect will celebrate King Day along with Vice-President Joe Biden and their families by volunteering in a service project in Washington, D.C. and will be calling on all Americans to join him in ongoing active citzenship. “I will ask for your service and your active citizenship when I am president of the United States,” Obama said.

From the Presidential Inaugural Committee:

“Renewing America’s promise begins with each one of us making a commitment to br ing change to our local communities. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the day before Inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama is calling upon all Americans to participate in a national day of service, following in the legacy of one of America’s great social justice leaders.

President-elect Obama never asks more of us than he himself is willing to give. He and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will be joining thousands of volunteers in Washington, DC, on January 19 to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. through service.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has begun reaching out to all sorts of national service organizations – including faith-based groups, unions, businesses and political groups – asking for their members’ participation. We want to bring together all Americans in shared purpose, to set aside all that divides us and focus on our collective ability to bring change to our communities. Jan uary 19 will be just the beginning of a broader push for Americans to give back throughout the year.”

Organizations are invited to host service projects on January 19. Examples include starting a mentoring program, renovating and weatherizing houses, organizing after school programs, beautifying schools and recreation centers, creating safe corridors programs, participating in anti-violence initiatives, preparing and distributing food at homeless shelters, delivering meals to homebound seniors, reading with children about Dr. King, organizing health fairs and legal clinics and performing plays about Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement.

Any individual, family or group interested in volunteering or hosting a January 19 King Day of Service project should egister online at http://www.mlkdayofservice.org.


Related Events in Western Massachusetts

Greenfield, MA – On Friday, January 16th at 7 pm, students of the Greenfield Middle School are currently working on a multi-media presentation for the celebration and honoring of the life of Martin Luther King. Included in this event will be the opening of a mural installation created by the students, poetry, recitations and song.  It will be a great opportunity to begin to build the diverse community that was part of King’s vision and to support our young people as they begin to explore the issues of peace and justice in their lives.  Call Traprock for more information – 413-773-7427

Northampton, MA – On Monday, January 19th will be a full day of community events are planned to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Involving special guests, including Juanita Nelson, Lee Stringer and Cynthia McKinney, the daylong events are sponsored by organizations working locally, nationally and internationally:

A Day of Community in Northampton, MA

10:30am – 11:45am – AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE TOUR:  Meet at the Sojourner Truth Memorial Satute (Pine and Park Streets in Florence, MA).  This 1.5 mile walk will pass thehomes of Sojourner Truth, other former slaves, and underground railroad sites.

Noon – LUNCH/NORTHAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL:  380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA

1pm – 5pm – COMMUNITY GATHERING:  Northampton High School, 380 Elm Street.  A program on racism, unity and community with special guests, including Juanita Nelson.  Youth generated video and dance.  Participate in Dream Workshops to create videos to send to President Obama!

For more info contact American Friends Service Committee at 413-584-8975 or at www.westernmassafsc.org

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