Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday


BENNINGTON >> Please join with the Bennington Inter-faith Council and the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center on Monday, Jan. 18, to celebrate with voice, music and dance the life and witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a candlelight vigil at The Four Corners in Bennington followed, at 5:45 p.m., by dancing led by the Community Dance Team to the Oscar winning music "Glory" featured in the film "Selma."

The vigil participants and dancers will then join in a procession to the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at 108 School Street, where a program on the theme, Diversity: How and Why, will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program will include a panel discussion by community representatives who will share their experiences regarding diversity and its impact in their respective fields. The panelists will be Lydia Brassard, Bennington College Diversity Officer; Chris Williams, Shires Housing Board Member; Mike Owens, Veterans Legal Service Advocate; Matthew Harrington, Director Bennington Chamber of Commerce; Dr. David Evans, President Southern Vermont College; Abigail Belcrest, Williams College Women of Islam.The panel will be facilitated by the Rev. Mary Lee Clark of the Second Congregational Church of Bennington and Peter Lawrence of the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center.

After the panel, there will be dialogue and discussion among the audience and panelists with the goal to examine and explore how Bennington can move towards a more multi-cultural, inter-generational and thriving community. The program will conclude with more dancing led by the Community Dance Team that will embody and express Peace and Justice.

Refreshments will be served and the program is expected to end around 8:30 to 9 p.m.


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