Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy remembered in Northampton

Hampshire County

Northampton marked Martin Luther King Day on Monday. 

The city joined the countless people across the country keeping, Dr. King’s legacy alive through worship and song.  

It was the main Hampshire County celebration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice hosted its annual Martin Luther King Day celebration at Edwards Church in Northampton.

The event is meant to educate the public and prompt a discussion about freedom, equality, and justice.  

“King is sort of the emblem of what we do or what we strive to do at the resistance center,” said Jeff Napolitano, executive director at the center. “We focus on the issues of militarism, the issues of excessive materialism and we focus on things like racial justice.”

The day began with a David Ruggles Center African-American Heritage tour in Florence and ended at Edwards Church with a convocation featuring music and workshops.  

They range from how to make podcasts to a discussion on the opioid crisis to a workshop on violence in people’s lives.   

One woman came to the celebration, not only to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. but to engage in discussion with others who want to keep Dr. King’s legacy alive.  

“I love coming together with a different speaker and the speakers and music are always uplifting and it’s just a wonderful way to celebrate Martin Luther King.  

This is the 35th year the Resistance Center has held a celebration of Martin Luther King’s legacy.  

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