Monday, January 18th from 1:30-2:15pm, Children in the Civil Rights Movement at the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. Nonviolence education, whether for kids or adults, is an essential building block for peace building. Learn a bit more about the principles that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for and the strategy of the movement he was a part of. This 45 minute session will include singing a freedom song, showing video excerpts from Mighty Times: The Children’s March, and discussion of how young people can be, and have been, leaders in social justice movements. This program is being offered as part of the ECHO Center’s full day of activities relating to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the continued struggle for racial justice. ECHO’s other programming on this day will include activities from 10am to 3pm. This program is put on as part of a partnership between the Peace & Justice Center, The City of Burlington, AmeriCorps, and the ECHO Center as part of XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness.  All ages are welcome and the admission is free to the public on this day.

Wednesday, Jan. 20th from 7:00-8:00pm, Special event to focus on ‘Undoing Racism in Vermont’ at Johnson State held in 207 Bentley Hall. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Johnson State College will hold a special program titled “Reflections on Dr. King: Undoing Racism in Vermont”. Representatives from the Champlain Area NAACP and the Peace & Justice Center will share concrete ways to carry out Dr. King’s messages. The speakers will focus primarily on racial justice, the need for inclusive communities and concrete ways to work at undoing racism. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Matt Hayes, matthew.hayes2@jsc.edu or 802-635-1408.