Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Martin Luther King Coffeehouse Features Standing Rock, Crowfeather

crowfeatherSaturday, January 14, 2017 at 7 pm in the Presbyterian Church Great Hall, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King will ring out, civil rights songs will be sung, stories of indigenous youth today will be told, along with music by the six-piece band Crowfeather. Coffee, tea and baked goods will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Peace with Justice Workgroup of the Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council. The event is free, donations will be accepted to mail refugee hygiene kits and to support indigenous nonviolent civil action.

In addition to civil rights inspired music and the words of Dr. King, Birk Albert and friends will share experience of today’s nonviolent civil rights movement with indigenous youth and Standing Rock. Birk Albert, 17, is a Lake Placid High School senior. He grew up in bush Alaska and is Athabascan Indian. He is a United National Indian Tribal Youth Earth Ambassador and one of “25 under 25” honorees. He serves as a UNITY, Earth Ambassador and was a Youth Delegate to the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference. He has been closely watching the situation at Standing Rock since July.

Crowfeather will be the featured music in the second half of the night. Crowfeather is an original and mix of rock, funk, jazz and whatever else happens to catch their fancy.

Earlier that day the Peace with Justice Workgroup of the Ecumenical Council is organizing a community-wide service project for Saturday, January 14.  In response to local concern for the plight of refugees worldwide, residents will be preparing Hygiene Kits – simple packs of necessary items are distributed to refugees and survivors of natural disasters.   In the weeks leading up to the service project, community members and organizations are invited to collect the kit components. On Saturday, January 14, at 10 am volunteers with their kit donations are invited to meet at the Saranac Lake Adult Center, located at 135 Broadway, to assemble the kits. To learn more about the service project or get involved, contact Rev. White at (518) 891-3401.

Photo: Crowfeather, provided.

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