The Multicultural Network once again joined with Winchester’s Family Action Network (FAN) to host a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. The event on Monday, January 15, featured an engaging performance from storyteller Valerie Tutson. She began by asking the intergenerational audience what they knew of Dr. King and his life and work, and why we now celebrate his birthday.  She dramatized the day in his childhood when he learned he would be treated differently by light skinned people because his skin was darker. Then she warmed up the audience’s hearts and bodies by leading a song in a Malawian tribal language that had each of us looking directly in another’s eyes and acting out lyrics that translated as “I see you.” In her “Right to Liberty” program, she told stories of courageous African Americans from the colonial period, including Elizabeth Freeman, who filed court cases that paved the way to abolishing slavery in Massachusetts. Even the youngest members of the audience that filled the Winchester Unitarian Society’s Metcalf Hall were entranced by Tutson’s dynamic performance. The event also included a display of art and writing by students in each of Winchester’s five elementary schools, FAN led craft activities for pre-schoolers, and tasty refreshments donated by Whole Foods Market of Woburn.

 

Winchester Wicked Local article on our MLK. Jr’s birthday celebration event.