Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Berkshire County
All of the following events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
Sunday, Jan. 20
Join Multicultural BRIDGE and the Berkshire County NAACP from 3 to 6 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 50 Onota St., for "Dreaming Beyond Borders," the annual community celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. The speaker will be the Rev. Da Vita D. McCallister, lead pastor of First Church in Somerville.
Monday, Jan. 21
The 26th Northern Berkshire community celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. begins with morning community service project registration and light refreshments at 8:30 a.m. in the Venable Gym at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. More than 15 projects will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
At 12:30, volunteers and guests are invited back to Venable Gym for a lunch and celebration at 12:30. The program will include speeches, music and the presentation of the 2019 Peacemaker Award to Kenna Waterman for all her work in supporting people in recovery from opioid addiction by funding and running Josh Bressette Commit to Save a Life. The recovery program to date has provided financial and peer support to more than 400 people in North Berkshire seeking recovery.
For more information, call Liz Boland at 413-663-7588 or Kathy Keeser at Kathykeeser@gmail.com or 413-664-4006.
The Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Berkshire Community College will host an "MLK Day Invasive Kiwi Pull," to pull and clip invasive hardy kiwi vines from 10 a.m. to noon at Burbank Park on Valentine Road.
Gloves and tools will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring extra tools, like loppers, pruning shears and pruning saws. Meet at the Burbank Park boat launch promptly at 10.
For more information, contact Elia Del Molino at 413-429-6416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkshire Community College will honor the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service with a day of volunteering and gathering.
Registration and a light breakfast will be offered at 8 a.m. at the college's main campus, 1350 West St. At 9 a.m., Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Ph.D., an associate professor with the Department of Anthropology and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will give a keynote address.
Volunteer work will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following sites: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity; the Harvest Table at First United Methodist Church; the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center; and at Burbank Park with the Berkshire Environmental Action Team.
Volunteers and volunteering organizations are invited to participate in a community lunch at Harvest Table at First United Methodist Church at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Charles Stephens at email@example.com or 413-236-1611.
The WordXWord Festival presents "A Letter from Pittsfield: WXW Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.," at 7 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St. Poets and spoken-word artists will present work that reflects on, is inspired by, or otherwise connects with the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
For more information, visit wordxwordfestival.com.
Williams College will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with a film screening of the award-winning 2018 short documentary film "Let My People Vote." The screening will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium on campus, followed by reflections from and a discussion with Glynda C. Carr titled "Protecting the Dream: Building Legacies of Activism at Williams and Beyond."
Carr is the co-founder and managing director of Higher Heights, an advocacy group that aims to elevate black women's voices to shape and advance progressive policies and politics.
To also celebrate King's life and legacy, Williams students will partner with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students and members of the Berkshire community to participate in a variety of social service projects from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications 413-597-4277 or visit williams.edu.
The Clark Art Institute will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, visitors are invited to stop by the admissions desk to pick up a self-guide exploring themes of vision, leadership, and human kindness in the Clark's collection. A special reflection space in the Clark Center offers time to listen to recordings of the civil rights leader's iconic speeches.
For more information, visit clarkart.edu.
The Norman Rockwell Museum will present the Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, "Picturing Justice: Rockwell and Civil Rights," at 1:30 p.m.
In the 1960's, leaving behind his beloved storytelling scenes, Rockwell threw himself into a new genre — the documentation of social issues and the expression of his belief in America's democratic ideals. Join Curator of Education Tom Daly for an exploration of this aspect of the artist's work. This event is included with regular museum admission.
For more information, visit nrm.org.
The Great Barrington Du Bois Legacy Committee and Multicultural BRIDGE invite Berkshire residents of all ages to join together in a morning of service to honor of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., at the First Congregational Church, 34 Main St.
Participants should met at the church at 9 a.m., and then groups will head out to one of the 10 community service sites. Volunteers are asked to register for a service project in advance using the online form here: goo.gl/forms/7ADflWRE47R5tCgx2.
Activities range from working in a food pantry to creating Valentines for active service members and incarcerated women.
Afterward, all are invited to convene at noon for a traditional interfaith celebration at the church, followed by refreshments and community conversation at 1 p.m.
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