In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and local civil-rights hero Jonathan Daniels, the Colonial Theater will screen the film Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice, on January 22. This free program begins at 10 a.m. and you are invited to attend.
The feature length documentary tells the story of Sweet Honey in the Rock, a seven-member, all-female, a cappella group known as much for their political messages as for their wonderful music rooted in the hymns of the African-American church. Through their music, the women address many issues: from motherhood and spirituality to domestic violence, racism and freedom.
ANE’s Steve Chase will participate in a panel discussion on social justice that will immediately follow the film. Chase, director of ANE’s environmental advocacy program is the author of “The Power of Fearful Faithfulness: The Legacy of Martin Luther King,” which recently appeared in the Friends Journal. He will share the panel with Dr. Joseph Darby, associate professor of music at Keene State College, Dr. Dottie R. Morris, the interim chief officer for multiculturalism at Keene State College, and Dr. Donald L. Shumway, president of Crotched Mountain and former commissioner of the State of New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services.
This event is sponsored by the city of Keene’s Martin Luther King, Jr./Jonathan Daniels Committee. As chair of the committee and a writer of the grant that funds the program, ANE’s Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky, professor of clinical psychology and director of ANE’s Multicultural Center for Research and Practice, was instrumental in coordinating the event. The committee’s purpose is to celebrate and memorialize the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Jonathan Daniels and the principles of civil equality, non-violence, and multiculturalism for which they stood.