Our 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Preserving Our Civil Rights Today
Edwards Church, Northampton
January 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Thank you to all those who joined the American Friends Service Committee for presentations and performances on MLK, Jr. Day. This year’s celebration was a kickoff of a regional campaign to keep intact the rights of everyone in our communities, given assaults on immigrant rights, FBI raids on activists, and confronting the legacy of racism in the United States.

  • Featuring soloist Evelyn Harris
  • Heard from a range of community organizers from Northampton to Hartford about contemporary barriers to civil rights

Co-sponsored by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Walking Tour of Florence’s African American History
Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue (corner of Park and Pine Streets, Florence)
January 17, 10:00 a.m.

Guide Steve Strimer led us to visit the homes of Sojourner Truth, Basil Dorsey, and David Ruggles. Other highlights of the day¬†included¬†the Mill River dam where David Lee and Lydia Maria Child processed sugar beets as an alternative to slave-grown sugar cane; stories about David Ruggles’ Water Cure; and visits of Frederick Douglass to early Florence and resistance to the Fugitive Slave Law.