A special interfaith service is planned at Centre Congregational Church, UCC, 193 Main St. in Brattleboro on Jan. 21, Monday, at 4 p.m. in honor of the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is the service originally planned for Sunday, but postponed one day in anticipation of bad weather..
The featured speaker will be Kiah Morris, the former Vermont state representative from Bennington who resigned her seat last summer after repeated threats. The service will include representatives of many faith traditions and presentations from Brattleboro Town Manager Peter Elwell and members of Youth4Change. The program will also include brief remarks from Nader Hashim, the newly elected state representative from Windham District 4, vocal celebration from jazz and blues singer Samirah Evans and her Youth Vocal Trio comprised of Veronica Stevens, Mariam Diallo and Annabelle Thies, accompanied by Franz Robert, songs from a community choir under the leadership of Peter Amidon, and the lighting of candles by everyone in attendance. Singers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come to the church at 3:00 to rehearse songs for the service.
This event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Leadership Association and is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages, faiths, races and ethnicities to come together to remember the work of King, to celebrate all that unites us and to learn about local community organizations working against racism. Admission is free, but a goodwill donation will be taken with proceeds shared between the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and the Root Social Justice Center.
A spaghetti dinner prepared by interfaith youth will follow the celebration on the lower level of the church. It is a fundraiser for their service project and is $10 for adults and $5 for children. ROOT Social Justice Center, Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, VT Poor People’s Campaign, Youth for Change, NAACP, People of Color Caucus, Lost River Racial Justice Group and other local groups working for racial justice will all offer information and make short presentations on how people can be involved locally to work against racism. For more information about this event please contact Guilford Community Church, U.C.C. at (802) 257-2776.