January 20-21, 2017: Day of Activism and Service
On January 20 -21, 2017, the Center for Community Engagement will host a “Day of Activism and Service” as part of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Workshops will provide an opportunity for students to build skills and knowledge in issues related to activism. Drop-in activities will help extend skills and knowledge to action – students can begin exploring opportunities to engage in our community, ways to be advocates, allies, and activists, and reflect on how Martin Luther King Jr. serves as a model activist.
Threaded through the whole event will be the legacy of Martin Luther King, giving students the chance to read more his work and learn more about him.
Looking for a ride or have room to spare in your car to the Women’s March on Montpelier? Sign up for the Chellis House carpool here!
Click HERE for the full MLK Day of Activism and Service schedule! Workshops don’t require an RSVP to attend, but if you can let us know whether you’re coming to the Black Lives Matter workshop (Friday, Jan. 20, 4-5:30 PM) with Ebony Nyoni of Black Lives Matter VT, it would be helpful to have a sense of numbers! Sign up for her workshop here!
On your own: explore Vermont’s African American culture and history!
Visit the Rokeby Museum between mid-May and late October
The Rokeby Museum is a National Historic Landmark in Ferrisburgh, Vermont known for its Underground Railroad history. Its exhibit “Free and Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont,” shares the stories of Simon and Jesse, two historically documented fugitives from slavery who were sheltered at Rokeby in the 1830’s. The exhibit chronicles their journeys from slavery to freedom and introduces the abolitionist Robinson family who called Rokeby home for nearly 200 years. The Rokeby Museum is recognized as one of the most well-documented Underground Railroad Sites in the country. Once a thriving Merino sheep farm, Rokeby boasts eight historic farm buildings filled with agricultural artifacts, along with a variety of hiking trails.
The Rokeby Museum relies on volunteers to continue its role in the community. If you’re interested in volunteering, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. New guides are trained every year in March and April.
Visit the Vermont Folklife Center right here in Middlebury!
The Vermont Folklife Center recorded over 60 hours of interviews with Daisy Turner, who was born in June 1883 to ex-slaves Alexander and Sally Turner in Grafton, Vermont and lived to be 104. Qualified researchers can access the full collection of Turner Family materials in the Folklife Center Archive upon request. You can also check out this audio documentary series on Daisy Turner produced by the Folklife Center: “Journey’s End: The Memories and Traditions of Daisy Turner and Her Family.” Visit the Vermont Folklife Center’s website to access videos on Daisy Turner as well as information about the book that Jane Beck, Vermont Folklife Center founder and Middlebury alumna, wrote about Daisy Turner. You can also find more about the Turner Family in an exhibit at the Grafton Historical Society in Grafton, Vermont.
Check out this guide to learn more about the sites and landmarks mentioned here, and many more, that together form the Vermont African-American Heritage Trail!