Kurn Hattin Select Choir to sing at MLK Day celebration

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BRATTLEBORO — The Kurn Hattin Homes Select Choir will perform at next Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, to be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. in Brattleboro.

The 32-person choir will open the celebration with three pieces: "Gonna Rise Up Singing" by Don Besig, "Imagine" by John Lennon, "Shine A Little Light" by Beck. Later in the program, "You Are The Reason" by Scott, Maguire and Sanders.

Last April, the choir was awarded the "Top Performer Children's Gospel"in the Western New England PBS competition, the first Vermont chorus chosen to compete in the series. The children competed against 35 ensembles for a chance to perform live on stage in the finale showcase held at the Paramount Theater in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Leadership Alliance 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. The program will include representatives of many faith traditions, local legislators, Brattleboro Town Manager Peter Elwell, members of Youth4Change, and featured speaker Dr. Dottie Morris.

Morris is the associate vice president for institutional diversity and equity at Keene State College and has been hired by the town of Brattleboro to offer training on unconscious bias and cultural humility to town employees. Admission is free, but a goodwill donation will be taken with proceeds shared between the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, the Windham County NAACP and the Root Social Justice Center.

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 after the service on how people can be involved locally to work against racism.

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

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