The Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series will feature Frances Jones-Sneed, a professor of history and director of Women's Studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at First Congregational Church, 4 Main St.

Jones-Sneed will highlight the life of the Rev. Samuel Harrison, a 19th century African American scholar, in her talk, "A Message for a 21st Century Audience."

Harrison, a minister, political activist and former slave, became one of Berkshire County's most ardent abolitionists. A champion for the oppressed, Harrison gave a clear, moral stance on what should be done for former slaves. His words could easily be applied to the ongoing conversation about the meaning and importance of Black Lives Matter.