Update: Below is the audio from the 2pm Convocation!
Check out our photos below:
Thank you to all those who came and made this event successful!
This past Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 19, 2015, was the American Friend Service Committee’s 30th annual celebration of the legacy of his non-violent work. We celebrated it this year with four events in Northampton, open and free to everyone. Children were welcomed at all events, but particularly the 10:30am MLK Children’s Program at the Florence Community Center.
Read the Gazette Article published Friday, January 16
The schedule of events for the day (and their corresponding Facebook links) were:
Location: Sojourner Truth Statue, Park X Pine streets, Florence
Over the last several years, sometimes hundreds of undeterred walkers have joined us to tour of sites of the African American, abolitionist and social utopian community that was Florence in the 1840’s, 50’s, and 60’s.
10:30am: MLK Children’s Program
Location: Florence Community Center, 140 Pine Street, Florence
Many came out and joined us as we celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. We has songs, stories, and activities that were geared for kids 10 and under. The community also brought their own poems that inspired peace, justice, and equality. Snacks were served.
2pm: Convocation with Panel: “Can Ferguson Happen Here?”
Location: Edwards Chruch, 220 Main Street, Northampton
Music by Marcia Gomes- “Martin”
Film Clip- “Martin Luther King”
Music by Marcia Gomes- “Trayvon”
Panel- “Can Ferguson Happen Here?”
Music by Marcia Gomes
4pm: Reception and Vigil
A little history from The King Center: “Officers of the AFSC corresponded with Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in support of various endeavors, including the Poor People’s Campaign and opposition to the Vietnam War. The AFSC continues to remain an advocate for peace and social justice around the world.” In fact, AFSC sponsored Dr. King’s trip to India, where he investigated Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence. When Dr. King returned to the U.S. and spent his famous night in a Birmingham jail, AFSC was the first to publish and circulate “Letter from Birmingham City Jail.”