“Preserving Our Civil Rights Today”
Edwards Church, Northampton
January 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join the American Friends Service Committee for presentations and performances on MLK, Jr. Day. This year’s celebration will be 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
- Hear 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.
Join guide Steve Strimer to visit the homes of Sojourner Truth, Basil Dorsey, and David Ruggles. See the Mill River dam where David Lee and Lydia Maria Child processed sugar beets as an alternative to slave-grown sugar cane. Hear about David Ruggles’ Water Cure, the visits of Frederick Douglass to early Florence and resistance to the Fugitive Slave Law.