MLK celebration set for Monday

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BRATTLEBORO — On Monday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. 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. Music for the celebration will be provided by the Kurn Hattin Children's Choir and a choir of the community under the direction of Andy Davis.

The service 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.

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.

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, contact Guilford Community Church, UCC at 802-257-2776.

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