North Adams: Events celebrate MLK Jr. Day

The Martin Luther King Day Committee welcomes everyone to celebrate the life, principles and ideals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in a "Day of Service" on Monday, Jan. 16.

The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. at MCLA Church Street Center with coffee and pastries.

Participants will choose from more than 10 sites to provide service to the community. There will be projects suitable for all ages and abilities.

Participants will return to the MCLA Church Street Center at 12:30 p.m. for a free luncheon and community celebration which includes local entertainment, uplifting words in the spirit of MLK Jr., and the presentation of the annual Peacemaker Award.

The Peacemaker Award will be given posthumously to Berkshire County activist Don Quinn Kelley. Kelley co-chaired Lift Ev'ry Voice, a summer festival celebrating the rich traditions of the African-American community, arts and culture, history and heritage found within Berkshire County.

Volunteers can pre-register at to ensure a service project preference. Groups should register and sign-up with their choice of service project with the name of the group and names of all group members.

This event is made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

Information: Kathy Keeser at or 413-664-4006 or Liz Boland at the nbCC, at 413-663-7588.

In addition, all North Berkshire residents are invited to join a Martin Luther King Weekend Psalms and Spirituals community sing-along at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox, featuring the Cantilena Chamber Choir, Zion AME Church Choir of Pittsfield, and community activist Shirley Edgerton.

Admission is free but there is a suggested donation of $15.

Concert information:, 518-791-0185 or


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