The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) of Western Massachusetts is having it’s 28th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday on Monday, January 16, 2012! Our theme is Non-violent Youth Organizing, to tie together events from MLK’s life to present day actions like the Occupy movement.
This year’s event will begin at 9:00am at the Sojourner Truth statue (intersection of Pine and Park Streets) in Florence with Steve Strimer who will lead a walk of the homes of Sojourner Truth, Basil Dorsey, and David Ruggles.
The rest of the event will start at 11 a.m. at Edwards Church, 297 Main Street, Northampton where we will have workshops for all ages, hosted by local organizations like OutNow, Jobs with Justice and Community Action. We will have speakers discuss their experience as youth activists from the civil rights era to the foreclosure movement here in Springfield. Speakers include Professor John Bracey of UMass Amherst, Kalima Dunwell from Springfield No One Leaves, and others. Please join us for local bands, local food and great discussion!
Babysitting and children’s activities will be available.