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Teens from GCC join BAIYAG

The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group are holding a spaghetti dinner after the Celebration of Martin Luther King, JR. at the Centre Congregational CHurch in Brattleboro, VT.  These teens are raising money for their service trip to a Native American Reservation in LaPlant, South Dakota this summer. The service for MLK is at 4:00 and the dinner at 5:30.  Join us!

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Brattleboro, VT: On Monday, January 21st (originally scheduled for Sunday January 20th but changed due to upcoming weather forecast) at 4:00 there will be a celebration in honor of the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Centre Congregational Church, UCC, 193 Main St. in Brattleboro. The service will include representatives of many faith traditions, Brattleboro Town Manager Peter Elwell, members of Youth4Change, and featured speaker Kiah Morris. Morris is the former Vermont state representative from Bennington who resigned her seat last summer after repeated threats. 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.