Great Barrington: Interfaith event celebrates MLK Jr.

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Community justice and social economic development leader Jessica Gordon Nembhard will speak at the 18th annual Interfaith Celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday at noon Monday, Jan. 16, at First Congregational Church, 251 Main St.

Author of "Collective Courage" and 2016 Cooperative Hall of Fame inductee, Gordon Nembhard will highlight W.E.B. Du Bois' pioneering cooperative advocacy, reveal the hidden history of African American cooperative businesses and share contemporary cooperative opportunities for all.

After the reception, she will lead a community conversation at 1:30 p.m. to discuss cooperative options for youth and adults as well as programs for schools, businesses and local governments.

The public is invited to both free events at FCC and asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the People's Pantry.

More than 20 community organizations, businesses and congregations are sponsoring and partnering on the MLK Day Interfaith Celebration.

For more information: HousatonicHeritage.org/heritage-programs/cooperative-heritage.


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