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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

— The American Friends Service Committee, the Northampton Interfaith Clergy, the Media Education Foundation and Smith College have organized the following events for the city’s 29th Martin Luther King Jr. Day program Monday:

∎ 8 a.m. Community breakfast: Homemade pancake breakfast and dialogue with small-group discussion at Christ United Methodist Church, 271 Rocky Hill Road. RSVPs appreciated at ChristNorthampton@gmail.com. “What we’re looking for there is really neighbor-to-neighbor conversation about what the day is about,” said Jeff Napolitano of the AFSC.

∎ 10 a.m. Walking tour: Sojourner Truth Walking Tour in Florence, led by Steve Strimer of the David Ruggles Center, featuring stops at homes and the history of abolitionism in the city. Tour gathers at the Sojourner Truth statue at the corner of Park and Pine streets.

∎ 12:30 p.m. Convocation, workshop: A convocation and youth workshop for all ages organized by the AFSC and featuring a “Help Increase the Peace Program Workshop,” a youth-led nonviolence training at Edwards Church, 297 Main St., Northampton. Baby-sitting will be available. Napolitano said the workshop aims to look at the roots of nonviolence, racism, sexism and homophobia in what he called an anti-bullying curriculum.

∎ 3:30 p.m. Living King’s Legacy: A multifaith celebration including readings, music by The Nields, at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St.

∎ 7 p.m. “How Racism Harms White People”: Public talk hosted by Sut Jhally and the Media Education Foundation, detailing the economic, political and social impact of racism, Stoddard Hall, Smith College.


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NORTHAMPTON — Local religious institutions, a political action group and an area nonprofit have teamed up to organize events to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The events begin at 8 a.m. and run until after 9 p.m. Monday. “There’s something for everyone,” said Jeff Napolitano, director of the western Massachusetts office of the American Friends Service Committee, which has …

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