You can discover Vermont's rich history as it relates to civil rights, diversity, the abolitionist movement and other social issues in the annual VHS program commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All are welcome. Please see below for a peek at program topics. we hope you'll join us next year for this special commemoration.

Saturday, January 14, 2017: Screening & Community Conversation: Vermont Speaks for Itself, social justice in the 1970s and its legacy today

2:00 pm
Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St, Barre

Vermont Speaks For Itself is a 1973 social justice multi-media documentary project produced and distributed by the Vermont Media Collective in the mid-1970s. The documentary uses extensive interviews with Vermonters to illustrate the economic and social conditions faced by Vermont’s low-income and working people during that period, backed with additional narration that highlights research and proposes solutions. A traditional string band sound track recorded by local performers accentuates the project.

Join the Vermont Historical Society for a special screening of this recently digitized film, followed by a community conversation building on the film’s themes of social justice, economic reform, progressive activism, and support for all Vermonters. Light refreshments provided. Please contact Amanda Gustin, for more information.

MLK Day programs at the Vermont Historical Society

 Since 1986 and the first federal Martin Luther Day King Jr. Day, the Vermont Historical Society has been sponsoring programs that highlight civil rights in Vermont. Here are a few posters from past events and a complete list of the programs we have sponsored.

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