Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.



Centre Church celebration rescheduled to Monday

At 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, there will be a celebration in honor of the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Centre Congregational Church, UCC, 193 Main St. This event has been rescheduled because of the forecasted snow storm for Sunday.

The service will include representatives of many faith traditions, Brattleboro Town Manager Peter Elwell, members of Youth4Change, and featured speaker Kiah Morris. Morris is the former Vermont state representative from Bennington who resigned her seat last summer after repeated threats.

The program will also include brief remarks from Nader Hashim, the newly elected state representative from Windham District 4, vocal celebration from jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans and her Youth Vocal Trio comprised of Veronica Stevens, Mariam Diallo and Annabelle Thies, accompanied by Franz Robert, songs from a community choir under the leadership of Peter Amidon, and the lighting of candles by everyone in attendance.

Singers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come to the church at 3 p.m. to rehearse songs for the service.

This event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Leadership Association and is an opportunity for people of all ages, faiths, races and ethnicities to come together to remember the work of King, to celebrate all that unites us and to learn about local community organizations working against racism.

Admission is free, but a goodwill donation will be taken with proceeds shared between the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and the Root Social Justice Center.

A spaghetti dinner prepared by interfaith youth will follow the celebration on the lower level of the church.

It is a fundraiser for their service project and is $10 for adults and $5 for children. ROOT Social Justice Center, Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, VT Poor People's Campaign, Youth for Change, NAACP, People of Color Caucus, Lost River Racial Justice Group and other local groups working for racial justice will all offer information and make short presentations on how people can be involved locally to work against racism.

For more information about this event, contact Guilford Community Church, UCC at 802-257-2776.

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Library to host Speak-Out events

Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., honors the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the third annual Speak-Out event at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

Embark on an engaging, dramatic journey as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. transforms from his early uncertainties about Civil Rights into the iconic figure he became through a dramatic presentation by actor David Mills. The program highlights Dr. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," "I Have a Dream," "Promised Land," "If I had Sneezed," and "Early Days."

David Mills' stirring presentation takes a look at the public figure and the private man. Mills appeared at Brooks Memorial Library to great acclaim last year with his powerful interpretation of the writings of Langston Hughes as part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesday series.

After the performance, community members of all ages are invited to share poems, speeches, quotations, thoughts and songs in the spirit of Dr. King's work. The program will conclude with a communal supper of soup and bread.

Free and open to the public through the support of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library and the Brattleboro Retreat. This venue is accessible to people with disabilities.

For more information call 802-254-5290 or visit www.brookslibraryvt.org.


Event includes selected readings, potluck supper

A celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place at the Jamaica Town Hall, 3735 VT-30, at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. This event is co-sponsored by the Jamaica Community Arts Council and the West Townshend Community Project.

The event will include presentations by local school children and selected readings taken from Dr. King's speeches and writings.

Participants are encouraged to bring prose, poetry or personal reflections that relate to Dr. King's work for social justice. A potluck supper will follow. The event is free.


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