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10 Community-Based Events To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2016

Community Celebrates MLK Day Across the Region

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Next week, the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18th offers families a three-day weekend – a treasure that can be used to catch up on sleep, housework, and homework, or to honor the legacy of Dr. King by engaging 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 »

30 Community Highlights: Bald Eagles to Owls. Artful Dining to Outsider Art.

The Quabbin Reservoir, a man-made body of water, is home to numerous species and provides a vast amount of habitat to these creatures. Visit the reservoir on Saturday, January 19th to learn about the nearly 30 bald eagles that call the reservoir home!

30 Community Highlights: Bald Eagles to Bats. Opulent Banquets to Trolley Lines. Teen Open Mic to Nurturing Your Baby… These are just a few of the learning highlights we’re featuring this week! Get out into your community and learn while you play!


Celebrate and honor Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 29th annual MLK Community Breakfast on Saturday morning, January 19th. An Amherst tradition, the event includes performances from the Amherst Regional High School jazz band, the Hope Community Church Choir, and the Common School Chorus, and will feature main speaker Dr. John Higginson, UMass history professor. Along with breakfast, music, and celebration of civil rights and Dr. King’s life, the event will include the distribution of community awards.

Six more ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day take place on Monday, January 21st.

  1. Join community members in Northampton for the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
  2. Volunteer for MLK Day of Service with MassAudubon in Easthampton.
  3. Old Sturbridge Village is open with special programs celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Sturbridge
  4. The Community Music School of Springfield presents their annual musical celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  5. Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the 4th Annual Interfaith Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Great Barrington
  6. Learn about the powerful images that Norman Rockwell created during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s during a guide tour of Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbrigde

Find out about all of the events in 6 Ways to Observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Western MA.


The Quabbin Reservoir, a man-made body of water, is home to numerous species and provides a vast amount of habitat to these creatures. Visit the reservoir on Saturday, January 19th to learn about the nearly 30 bald eagles that call the reservoir home! Mass Audubon hosts the event, which will include a visit to the visitor’s center in Belchertown to learn about the reservoir’s interesting history, a drive around the reservoir to visit lookout points and search for eagles, and a trek through the woods to search for other feathered wildlife.

Eagles are the only bird of prey being highlighted this week… families can also learn all about the many types of owls found in Western MA at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Saturday evening. Come see a puppet show of local author Jane Yolen’s picture book, Owl Moon! After the puppet show, take a walk in the sanctuary’s woods to listen for owl calls and search for signs of owls.

Long ago, animal tracking was essential to survival – now, it’s a way to learn what other creatures call the woods home, and to learn about the biodiversity of the area in which you live. Visit Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Saturday morning to learn about many different types of animal tracks and signs, and explore outside to find and identify some!

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield is coming alive with creatures of the night – the museum’s newest exhibit is all about bats, Bats: Creatures of the Night. The exhibit opens on Saturday and there will be fun family activities all afternoon, including a scavenger hunt, echolocation experiments, and wing-making. The museum is also offering a lecture on bats later in the afternoon.

Two libraries are welcoming live animals to their stacks on Saturday to meet their youth patrons, and to be petted and read too! In the morning, kids can meet a real live llama at the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, and in the afternoon, specially trained therapy dogs will be available as reading buddies at the Westfield Athenaeum. Both events are free.

Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center for a bear-themed Discovery Hour on Friday morning, January 25th in Turners Falls! Though the real bears are hibernating, there’s still lots to be learned about them during this free event.


Want to learn about the history of the Mount Greylock Ski Club? Join the the Williamstown Historical Society on Saturday morning, January 19th at the Milne Library in Williamstown. Club member Mary Merselis (who joined in 1965) will share nearly 75 years worth of local history, including the club’s role in building Greylock’s Thunderbolt Trail and in creating the National Ski Patrol.

Beginning Sunday afternoon, January 20th in Williamstown, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will present a four-part lecture series, “A Feast for the Eyes: Food, Porcelain, Silver, and Luxury Fabrics.” Darra Goldstein, professor of Russian at Williams College, will present the first lecture in the series, “Artful Dining: The Orchestration of the Meal.” Goldstein will explore feasts, from the ribald gatherings of the European Middle Ages through the opulent banquets of the Renaissance and on to the excesses of America’s Gilded Age. Older students can get a unique view into European history.

In Springfield on Thursday, January 24th, the Mason Square Library hosts, “Circle in the Square,” an ongoing community discussion of local history and community memories. This free afternoon meeting will focus on researching local history, and special guest Ed Lonergan (librarian and neighborhood resident) will help attendees learn ways to find out history about their own homes that they may not have known! Great for students interested in researching their community – learning about local history can help students put national history into a local context that they can relate to.

In its heyday, Holyoke was a bustling hub of industry, drawing workers from all over New England, and even Canada and Europe. The Connecticut River powered the city’s many factories, and there was even a trolley line! On Thursday afternoon, January 24th at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, local author Bob McMaster will read from his new novel Trolley Days, a coming-of-age story about two young boys growing up in early 20th century Holyoke. Best for older students, this free reading puts an exciting, fictional spin on local history and can help students to learn more about the rise and fall of local industry and life in Holyoke past.


On Saturday afternoon, January 19th learn all about Mars at Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams, while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Mars Attacks.

Artist, educator and author of “Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America,” Phyllis Kornfeld, will present a slide talk on the art of inmates at the Stockbridge Library on Friday afternoon, January 25th. This presentation will be paired with a discussion of their work, common types of art produced, and its place amongst mainstream American artwork. Older students can attend the event to learn about prison culture, the universality of human artistic expression, outsider art in America, and other topics related to art, psychology, and criminal justice.


The Belchertown Teen Center is holding an Open House at the center on Saturday morning, January 19th. The center is open Tuesdays-Wednesdays afternoon every week, and offers activities, sports, homework help, and a safe place to socialize in a semi-supervised environment.

Northfield Mountain is offering a free snowshoeing workshop for women ages 16+ on Saturday afternoon! Have a mother-daughter day of learning all about the winter sport, or teens can go with their BFF! Learn everything from the specifics of snowshoeing gear, the history of the sport, and the best types of trails for snowshoeing!

Teens, make yourself heard at the Barrington Stage Company’s first ever youth open mic on Saturday evening, in Pittsfield! The free event is open to youth ages 19 and younger who are interested in sharing performance of any kind. Each performer will get a 10-minute time slot to share music, poetry, performance art, and any other creative performance! The event will take place at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, in the lower level of the Barrington Stage Company.

Teens can dance the night away in their most elegant attire at the Hartsbrook School’s annual Viennese Ball at the Northampton Center for the Arts on Saturday evening! The event is open to youth ages 12yo+ and parents/guardians, and includes dessert & dancing.

On Wednesday evening, January 23rd, teens can sing their hearts out with Berkshire Sings!, a community singing group at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center in Great Barrington. Singers of all abilities welcomed (adults, too) to sing pop, jazz, folk, showtunes, and more.

Teens can make a masterpiece out of food at the Forest Park Branch Library in Springfield on Thursday afternoon, January 24th! Use everyday food items as materials in what could possibly be the messiest but most beautiful art you’ll make this week. There will be prizes for the least amount of food used, most amount of food used, most colorful, most creative, and other limits.


Do you know how to survive an emergency situation? On Sunday afternoon, January 20th, Earthworks Programs in Ashfield is offering a workshop for adults that will share information and teach skills for surviving everything from a power outage to being lost in the woods

A free workshop series for parents of infants (babies 0-12 months) begins Wednesday, January 23rd at the Gateway Family Center in Huntington. Titled, “Nurturing Your Baby,” the series will teach parents about infant development, sleep strategies, infant massage, and other methods of caring for your baby.

The Collaborative for Educational Services hosts, “Why Do They Do That? Challenging Behaviors and Effective Responses,” at the Ware Family Center on Wednesday evening, January 23rd. The free workshop will teach parents of toddlers and pre-school aged children about the causes of common challenging behaviors and some strategies for dealing with them effectively.

On Thursday morning, January 24th, Baystate Health in Springfield is offering a free workshop for parents on the physical and emotional changes that kids go through during puberty, and will teach ways to effectively communicate and provide emotional support throughout childrens’ transition. “Family Matters! Encouraging Healthy Choices by Promoting Positive Self-Esteem.”

List of Weekly Suggested EventsFind out about these events and over 100 other events & activities happening all next week in our List of Weekly Suggested Events. All of our listed events are “suggested.” Please take a moment to confirm that these events are happening as scheduled, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before heading out.

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2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observations

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Opportunities and Celebrations in Western MA
Monday, January 21, 2013

Six different community building events, community-based educational opportunities and service-based learning experiences are schedule this Monday, January 21st in Western MA. Find one that fits your interests and spend MLK Day learning, serving and connecting through your community!

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and dedication to creating change in our country can be done in many ways.  The day will be celebrated in Western MA at concerts, lectures, worship services, and ceremonies throughout the region.

Mass Audubon is offering a unique way for families to spend the special holiday this year – providing much needed help with improvement projects at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Monday, Jan 21!  Dr. King’s major goals had to do with civil rights, but he also stands as a pillar of service to community, dedication, hard work, and determination.  Honor these values by giving your time to better your community!

Projects at the sanctuary include:

  • trail clearing to provide better habitat for small animal and bird species
  • working to eliminate invasive plant species from the grounds
  • helping to clean and organize the sanctuary’s Visitor Center so as to make further groups’ visit more enjoyable

These service-based learning activities also allow families to learn about the many different animals who call the sanctuary home, the type of habitat protected by the sanctuary, and how to support local conservation efforts.  Spending time outdoors can also lead families to discover winter animal signs, including tracks, scat, and traces of pre-nibbled food from a variety of plant species.

The community service day will take place on Monday, January 21st from 9:30am-1:30pm at Arcadia, located at 127 Combs Road in Easthampton.  Pre-registration (done online) requested.  Dress warmly if you plan to spend time outdoors, and bring water, lunch, and perhaps a hot drink.

There are several other opportunities for families to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. day through out the region too:

NORTHAMPTON: Join fellow community members in Northampton for the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Starting at 8am, there will be events throughout the day, beginning with a community breakfast and dialogue at Christ United Methodist Church (271 Rocky Hill Road).  At 10am, families can take a walking tour of Florence highlighting places significant to abolition and sharing information about the life and work of Sojourner Truth.  Other events throughout the day include a workshop for youth education, a multifaith celebration, and a lecture on the effects of racism.  (FREE)

STURBRIDGEOld Sturbridge Village is open from 9:30am-4pm with special programs celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  There will, of course, be lots of opportunities to learn about life and culture during the winter in early 19th century New England.  In addition, families can meet Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman (played by historian Tammy Denease), a young slave from Massachusetts who won her freedom (legally- in a court!) from her owner in 1781.  The decision was a landmark case, considering Freeman was not only a slave, but also a woman.  Families can learn about the importance of Freeman’s story, and pair what they learn with further studies of civil rights issues and American history.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  ($)

SPRINGFIELD:  The Community Music School of Springfield presents their annual musical celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Newhouse Hall from 11am-1pm.  The event will feature performances from the Freedom Choir, the MLK Dancers, the CMSS String City Orchestra, Dream Studios, and many other local groups sharing song, dance, and words honoring Dr. King and his accomplishments.  413-746-3655.  127 State Street.  (FREE)

GREAT BARRINGTON: Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at an interfaith celebration at the First Congregational Church starting at 12noon for the 4th Annual Interfaith Celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday.  There will be readings, music, and singing, and youth from local organizations will participate in the ceremony and present information.  Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a local food pantry.  251 Main Street.  (FREE)

STOCKBRIDGE: Learn about the powerful images that Norman Rockwell created during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Starting at 2:30pm, Norman Rockwell Museum’s Curator of Education Tom Daly will share the stories behind the creation of such paintings as “The Problem We All Live With,” “Murder in Mississippi,” and “New Kids in the Neighborhood,” and Rockwell’s dedication to civil rights throughout his career. 413-298-4100.  9 Route 183.   (FREE with museum admission)

MLK Jr. Day Celebrations for Families/Community in Western MA

Celebrations on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Western MA

MLK Jr. Kid's Celebration at the Florence Community Center in Florence, MA on Monday, January 17th from 10am-12Noon for kids 2-6yo. Also at 10am, across the street from the Florence Community Center, a guided tour of Florence's African American History will begin at the Sojourner Truth Memorial Stature - great history opportunity for older students.

Monday, January 17th, 2011

9am-2pm in Greenfield: MLK Day Celebration. Join Community Action Youth Programs for the MLK Day Family Event at the 2nd Congregational Church (16 Court Square). This event has been organized by Shout Out! Greenfield. The day will include: Conflict Resolution Workshops focusing on race, facilitated by Sasha Alexander Goldberg and Sheila Petingy; Full family style luncheon (vegan friendly); Local performers including the Franklin County Technical School’s Drum and Bugle Squad; Youth Speakers focusing on the powerful messages of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. RSVP 774-7028 x655 (FREE)

9:30-4pm in Sturbridge: Old Sturbridge Village presents “Honoring a Slave Heroine: The Mumbet Story” as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities at 1pm. The performance is based on the true story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, a young slave woman who won her freedom in court in 1781, citing language in the Massachusetts constitution: “all men are born free and equal.”All MLK Jr. Day programs at Old Sturbridge Village are included in the cost of admission to the museum. For more information: 800-SEE-1830; http://www.osv.org (FREE child admission when accompanied by an adult)

10am-12Noon in Florence: MLK Jr Children’s Celebration at the Florence Community Center (140 Pine St.) for kids 2-6yo. Dancing, drumming, arts & crafts and singing. (Donations accepted, but not required.)

10am in Florence: Walking tour of Florence’s African American History. Steve Strimer will lead the community on a guided tour. Meet at the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue (Park/Pine St. corner) 584-8974 (FREE)

1pm in Springfield: Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Springfield Museum with Black History Laser Tribute by Prismatic Magic – Celebrate the contributions of African-Americans in this musical retrospective that features toe-tapping songs from legends such as Louie Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin. The show evolves into a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with his powerful “I Have a Dream” address. The performance ends with a medley of current pop artists of various ethnicities who have been inspired by the musical legends featured earlier in the program. 263-6800 http://www.springfieldmuseums.org (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

Suggested Events 01/17/09 – 01/23/09

Uncle Rock in 2008 - (c) Sienna Wildfield

Uncle Rock in 2008 - (c) Sienna Wildfield


If 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.


This week we are offering four free tickets to see The Harmonica Pocket at Mass MoCA on Saturday, January 24, at 1 PM in North Adams, MA.  Click HERE to discover more.


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Uncle Rock returns to Western Mass for a rockin’ family performance at the Northampton Community Music Center in Northampton this Saturday, 01/17/09 at 2pm. It’s a fun family concert everyone will enjoy!  Tickets are only $5 per person and net proceeds go to the NCMC’s scholarship fund.  Come to the cozy warm NCMC for a great time for all! Visit Uncle Rock at www.unclerock.com.

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Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Northampton, MA

I Have A Dream Of Unity: A Change Embraced
A Community Gathering honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Northampton, MA, January 19, 2009

MLK Poster

On Monday, January 19, 2009, a full day of community events are planned to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Northampton, MA, involving special guests, including Juanita Nelson, Lee Stringer and Cynthia McKinney, the daylong events are sponsored by organizations working locally, nationally and internationally.

Beginning with an African American Heritage Tour of important local sites, and following with an action-packed afternoon of interactive programs, the day will close with a multi-faceted evening benefit at the First Churches of Northampton, a fundraiser for the internationally recognized Friends of the Congo and the locally celebrated Youth Action Coalition.

Organized by the American Friends Service Committee and the Video Vanguards/Youth Action Coalition, the daylong celebration will simultaneously serve to embrace the change brought through the election of the first African American, Barack Obama, to the Presidency of the United States, and to recognize that much work remains to be done to bring justice, equality, freedom and peace to all people of the world. This year’s MLK Day will also provide a chance for people to share their dreams to call upon the Obama administration to manifest the vision and hope of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to hear from local and internationally renowned African American leaders.

The African American Heritage Tour (10:30-11:45 am) will commence at the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue (Pine & Park Sts., Florence). Participants will then walk 1.5 miles on an inspiring educational tour that includes the homes of Sojourner Truth, other former slaves, members of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, and Underground Railroad sites.

Everyone is invited to a special MLK lunch (12:00 noon) followed by an afternoon Community Celebration (1:00-5:00 pm) both at the Northampton High School, 380 Elm Street, involving special guests, including Juanita Nelson. This interactive program will focus on racism, unity and community, and it will include youth generated video and dance, and workshops for “I have a dream” Dream Creation—where all participants’ expressions of their contemporary hopes and dreams will be video recorded and edited by community youth and later sent to President Obama. The daytime events are free, accessible and open to all.

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What will you do on January 19th?

Brandon Deroche of Causecast writes:

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the inauguration of President Elect Obama, Causecast has produced a video to push and inspire people to get involved and serve in their community on January 19th. Service is so important to our communities and our country, both locally and nationally, and we want to help make the connection between King’s dream in ’63 and our yearning for change. Its getting major pull but we need your help!

We have highlighted over 15 service organizations and websites that provide all the necessary information on volunteering for anyone, anywhere – to increase volunteerism on the 19th and beyond. Service is incredibly important and people need to understand that everyone has the power to make a difference. Just a few hours can have a significant impact.

In producing the video and after speaking with USASERVICE.ORG and the Obama transition team, we wanted to be sure to connect with your website on this effort. It will take all groups, organizations, efforts, websites and causes to truly make this MLK Day Dream a Reality. We recognize that you are doing incredible work and help people stay connected,

Lets make January 19th 2009 a day on, not a day off. Together we will answer Obama’s call to service and volunteer on Martin Luther King Day. On behalf of all of the service partners involved – thank you for doing your part.

Thank you for your help!  Click here to take action.

Communities Gearing Up for Massive Day of Service on King Holiday

Communities Gearing Up for Massive Day of Service on King Holiday

Communities and nonprofits across the country are gearing up for a record number of volunteers on the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal holiday, fueled by President-elect Obama’s call for Americans to serve on King Day and throughout the year.

Organizers of the annual service day say momentum is building in the wake of the President-elect’s call and the timing of the holiday coming one day before the Inauguration. In addition to asking Americans to serve, President-elect Obama, Vice President-elect Biden, and their families will participate in service on the January 19 holiday in the Washington D.C. area.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee will launch a new website next week that makes it easy for Americans to find or organize volunteer opportunities. The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that has led the national effort to transform the King Holiday into a national day of service since 1994, is working with the Presidential Inaugural Committee on the website and the larger effort.

READ MORE: Communities Gearing Up for Massive Day of Service on King Holiday.

I Have a Dream

“I Have A Dream” Speech

Families interested in discovering more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement with their children might enjoy the following resources:

  • FamilyEducation.com has Martin Luther King Jr Day Activities and Resources for Kids
  • Kaboose.com has a great list of Black History Links
  • Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights is a lesson on Scholastic.com that describes her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Kodak.com offers a photo display titled Powerful Days in Black & White
  • PBS.com has a companion site to the American Experience program about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Citizen King
  • Lest We Forget: Images From the Civil Rights Movement is a collection of portraits of civil right leaders by 20th century artist Robert Templeton
  • HFVS Peace Episode has a good selection of peace themed songs, appropriate for MLK Day.
  • HFVS Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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    Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode

    WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
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    01/22/08 PLAYLIST

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    The Indigos K-1 Class from the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School came down to the radio station for a field trip. They got to see one of VFR’s reggae programs airing live and took a tour of the production room. Each student took a turn on the mic and shown how sound is recorded and then aired. Together with Jason Threlfall on guitar, the entire class gathered in the production room and sang “The River is Flowing,” aired in this episode. Here’s a slide show from their visit. Thanks to Jason for taking pictures!



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    Putting together this MLK episode was a great pleasure. It was very interesting to hear my co-host/daughter tell us what she’s learned about MLK in her kindergarten class and to share what her current understanding is of that time in American history. And it was interesting to hear her personalize the history by noting her father’s darker Mediterranean skin color. I could see fire in her eyes at the thought of someone discriminating against her daddy.

    We featured several classic Civil Rights movement songs on this week’s show, including

    • This Little Light of Mine,” an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement and a song all children should learn as a source of inspiration as they face adversaries and hard times in this life.
    • We Shall Not Be Moved,” an African-American spiritual that was sung during the slave liberation movement and the Civil Rights Movement. A great song to teach your children as they learn to stand up for truth and justice.
    • If I Had a Hammer,” a song that’s been sung during the Labor Movement and the Civil Rights Movement
    • We Shall Overcome,” a song that originated back before the Civil War, that Pete Seeger and Joan Baez have been credited for popularizing.

    Another great song that has become synonymous with the Civil Rights Movement is an African-American spiritual, “Oh Freedom,” which was sung by Joan Baez on the morning of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s great speech, “I Have a Dream.” Here’s a video of Joan Baez singing “Oh Freedom.”

    “The fact that so many folksingers joined Dr. King in his effort to spread the word about civil rights was hugely relevant, not only because it brought a little added media attention to the effort, but also because it showed that there was a faction of the white community that was willing to stand up for the rights of African-Americans. The presence of folks like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary, Odetta, Harry Belafonte, and Pete Seeger alongside Dr. King and his allies served as an omen to people of all colors, shapes, and sizes that we are all in this together.”[source]

    Check out PBS American Experience post Music in the Civil Rights Movements for more info on music from the time.

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    “I Have A Dream” Speech

    Families interested in discovering more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement with their children might enjoy the following resources:


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      Events Happening in the Hilltowns

      Saturday – 01/19

      8am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to WXOJ 103.3 FM in Northampton, MA, from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. [All ages] (Free)

      8am & 9:15am – KIDS BASKETBALL – (Worthington) Through out the winter months, the Worthington Recreation Department is offering co-ed basketball program for kids at the town hall. Grades 1-2 begin at 8am. Grades 3-4 begin at 9:15am. No registration is necessary. 413.238.5500 [Ages 6-9] (Free)

      9:30am-11:30am – MOCHA MOMS – (Northampton) Mocha Moms is support group for at home mothers of color who have chosen to modify or eliminate employment outside the home in order to devote more time to their families. The primary mission of Mocha Moms is to support and encourage women who are making parenting a priority in this season of their lives. Come gather at the Forbes Library in the Community Room. [Mothers] (Free)

      2pm – MEET THE ARTIST – (Amherst) At the Eric Carle Museum meet Par Cummings, one of the many artists featured in the exhibition Children Should be Seen: The Image of the Child in American Picture-Book Art. Come hear him share stories. 413.658.1100 [Families] (Free w/admission. Borrow a museum pass from the library)

      5pm-7pm – ASTRONOMY FOR GIRLS – (Easthampton) Space Exploration for Brownies at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Observe the night sky. Dress warmly. Indoors learn how the earth roates and make your own constellation. Call to register. 413.584.3009 [Girls Ages 6-8] (>$)

      4pm – SPORTS – (Amherst) Men’s basketball at the Mullins Center. UMass vs. Charlotte. [Families] ($)

      6pm-7:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

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