MONTHLY NAACP MEETINGS
The Berkshire County Chapter of the NAACP hold monthly membership meetings that are open to the public, members and non-members alike. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 6pm at the Conte Community School, located at 200 West Union Street in Pittsfield. All are welcome.
THE GATHER-IN: SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2017
Over forty years ago, the Berkshire County chapter of the NAACP organized the first Gather-In, Berkshire County’s only traditionally African-American neighborhood festival. Free and open to people of all backgrounds and ages, this year’s event takes place on July 22.
“The Gather-In celebrates community, brings together friends and neighbors, and creates a welcoming and diverse atmosphere that all can enjoy,” said Gather-In Committee co-chair Henry Lee. “Everyone is invited to join us.”
In recent years the Westside Neighborhood Resource Center organized the Gather-In, but in 2012 the newly reconstituted Berkshire County chapter of the NAACP re-assumed leadership of the event.
The Gather-In features musical performances, dance, food, activities for all ages, including games for children, a variety of vendors and informational booths, a basketball tournament, and a free raffle for children’s bicycles
THE ANNUAL FREEDOM FUND AWARDS DINNER: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017
The NAACP’s annual fundraiser is the Freedom Fund Awards Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the ITAM lodge on Waubeek Rd. in Pittsfield. The annual Freedom Fund Awards are given out to Berkshire County residents who embody the principles and mission of the NAACP.
This year’s Gold Sponsor of the Freedom Fund Awards Dinner is Greylock Federal Credit Union.
This year we are honored to feature internationally known author and activist Tim Wise as our keynote speaker. Mr. Wise is is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the nation.
Wise is the author of seven books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.
The evening also features a buffet dinner, silent auction, and music by the fabulous Wanda Houston Band.
More information about purchasing tickets will be posted soon. For more information email co-chair Will Singleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our Gold Sponsor: