Join BRIDGE and friends on Wednesday, May 8th for our second quarterly wing tasting night, this time in Lenox! Come enjoy delicious wings, hang out and get to know other BRIDGE friends and supporters at this fun friendraising fundraising Social Justice in Action.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested --spots are limited!
Join Berkshire Business and Professional Women to celebrate the 2019 Woman of Achievement Recipient, Gwendolyn VanSant, on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm, at the Country Club of Pittsfield (639 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201)
See more information and buy tickets here.
Berkshire Business and Professional Women has been honoring a local woman with the Woman of Achievement award since 1965. This award honors a Berkshire County woman for her considerable career accomplishments and outstanding commitment to the community. This year, Gwendolyn VanSant, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founding Director of Multicultural BRIDGE is being honored as the 2019 Woman of Achievement.
3:30 OLLI Lecture | Dr. Tasha Alston | Simon’s Rock Lecture Center
“Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois: The story, the meaning, and the legacy of social justice for the betterment of society as a whole”
11 AM Legacy Walk: Self-guided Tour in Great Barrington | Railroad Street Youth Project Murals; Mason Library Exhibit; Main Street Banners; Du Bois Boyhood Site; Du Bois Center (11:00-11:30 only) and Du Bois Family Graveyard Site
1 PM Du Bois Birthday Celebration in honor of David Levering Lewis
Tributes by Dr. Kendra Field, Dr. Frances Jones Sneed and Dennis Powell. Musical Tributes by: Otha Day, Hoping Machine, Wanda Houston, Mary Nell Morgan and Special Spoken Word Performance
6 PM Celebration Dinner at Pleasant and Main | RSVP required
11 AM Macedonia Baptist Church | Guests: Dr. Tasha Alston and Jeff Peck
6 PM Harmony Homestead | a Restorative Potluck Dinner
Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP
On view February 1 through May 5, 2019
Explore the history of African Americans in the Berkshires through compelling, contemporary stories from today as recorded by leaders from the local African-American community and the NAACP Berkshire chapter, alongside portraits by Julie McCarthy and select objects from the Museum’s collection. Featuring BRIDGE Founder and CEO Gwendolyn VanSant.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?'" - MLK Jr.
The Great Barrington Du Bois Legacy Committee and Multicultural BRIDGE invite Berkshire residents of all ages* to join together in a morning of service to honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Register here to volunteer for service activities:
We will meet at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington by 9:00 am and head out to volunteer activities.
Afterward, we will convene for a traditional interfaith celebration at 12:00 pm, followed by refreshments & community conversation at 1:00pm. (The MLK celebration service is open to all, not just volunteers, so please come for whatever portion of the day you can!)
*Please note that this is a family-friendly event, but children should be accompanied by an adult.
Monday, January 21, 2019
8:30 AM – 11 AM
First Congregational Church
34 Main St, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230
Special thanks to Du Bois Legacy Festival sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union and Berkshire Bank.
In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the social revolution of black intimate life that occurred in the black quarters of New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Free love, common-law and transient marriages, serial partners, queer relations, cohabitation outside of wedlock and single motherhood were among the sweeping changes that altered the character of everyday life. In wrestling with the question, “What is a free life?” young black women created forms of intimacy and kinship indifferent to the dictates of respectability, and outside the bounds of law. They cleaved to and cast off lovers, exchanged sex to subsist, and revised the meaning of marriage. Longing and desire fueled their experiments in how-to-live. They refused to labor like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work. Beautifully written, Wayward Lives narrates the story of this radical transformation of black intimate and social life. It recreates the experience of young black women who wanted an existence qualitatively different than the one that had been scripted for them, and, for the first time, credits them with shaping a cultural movement that transformed the urban landscape. Through a melding of history and literary imagination, Wayward Lives recovers their radical aspirations and insurgent desires. [Hartman narrates the story of this radical transformation of black intimate and social life against the grain of the prevailing century-old argument about the crisis of the black family.]
Thank you Stockbridge Tea & Coffee for highlighting BRIDGE's work and supporting our mission! We are proud neighbors and allies with you in equity and justice for all!
Join us for an intensive and interactive cultural competence training,
designed especially for first responders, mental health providers,
safety officials and others working with diverse populations.
We will explore aspects of diversity and culture, discuss bias, unpack barriers and develop empathy for members of our community.
Come and develop judgement free solutions, strategies that you can take back to your workplace and implement in the field.
Training provided by BRIDGE trainers,
Gwendolyn VanSant and Stephanie Wright
For registration, email email@example.com
Registration fee is $25.00 per person, lunch is provided
For questions, call Gwendolyn VanSant 413-394-4305
July 6th, 2018 5:30 PM @ NaumKeag
Join us this summer for a unique opportunity to celebrate the work of a transformative social justice organization creating new connections across the Berkshires and beyond everyday, Multicultural BRIDGE. Please come and show your support for long-standing local Berkshire leaders John Bissell of Greylock Federal Credit Union and Gwendolyn VanSant, Co-Founder of BRIDGE, as they celebrate the legacy and impact of BRIDGE’s first 10 years and map out the next 10 years of our community’s future.
REsilient Connections SlideShow
Photos by Christina Lane.