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.
THIS WEDNESDAY: PITTSFIELD CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM
In place of our regular monthly meeting, the Berkshire NAACP is hosting a forum for Pittsfield City Council candidates on Wednesday, October 11, at 6pm at Conte Community School. At least 13 of the 17 candidates have committed to attending including at-large council candidates Peter Marchetti, Melissa Mason Mazzeo, Earl Persip III, and Pete White; Ward 1 candidate Helen Haerhan Moon, Ward 2 candidates Dina Guiel and Kevin Morandi, Ward 3 candidate Nick J. Caccamo, Ward 4 candidates Christopher Connell and Bill Wright, Ward 5 candidate Donna Todd Rivers, Ward 6 candidate John Krol, and Ward 7 candidate Rhonda Serre.
Questions may be submitted in advance to the forum moderator, NAACP past president Will Singleton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. To purchase tickets to the Freedom Fund Awards Dinner click here.
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.
Thank you to our Gold Sponsor:
THE GATHER-IN: SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2017, 1pm to 6pm
at Durant Park, Columbus and John Streets, Pittsfield, Mass. 01201
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.”
Vendors, food vendors and non-profits are invited to join us! Click here to access the application form.
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