What to the American Slave is Your Fourth of July-A Community Reading

July 16, 6P
“What to the American Slave is Your Fourth of July?” A Community Reading lev4

3rd Thursday, North Street, Pittsfield, MA
presented by LEV, Pittsfield July 4th Parade Committee, Office of Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Mass Humanities

Everyone is invited to this community reading of an excerpt of Frederick Douglass’ famous speech on human rights, African Americans and the meaning of the Fourth of July and the federal Constitution. Come to the event and read a part of this speech (no more than a few sentences), then participate in a discussion of the meaning of freedom today. No one is too old or too young to be a reader—this is a wonderful family activity to celebrate American freedom.

Gather-In

July 25, all day
The GATHER-IN lev4

at Pitt Park, 44 S John Street, Pittsfield
presented by LEV, Berkshire County NAACP Branch

This family-friendly event is the oldest African American celebration in the Berkshires. Beginning 45 years ago, this free, fun-filled community event for all ages celebrates the rich cultural traditions and deep roots of the African American community in Berkshire County – with games and activities for children, musical performances, dance, and other forms of entertainment, as well as food, vendors and informational booths, and a free children’s raffle.

Olga Dunn Dance Company

July 25, 7P
Olga Dunn Dance Company

at Great Barrington Train Station, 46 Castle, St., Great Barrington

For the third year, the Olga Dunn Dance Co. joins the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival for a performance featuring Afro-American dance and celebrate ethnic dance roots for an evening of seven dance pieces. Gospel music, Reggae, and drums will provide some of the music for the evening. Tickets at the door: $20 per person (student and family discounts available).

The GATHER-IN

July 25, all day
The GATHER-IN  lev4

at Pitt Park, 44 S John Street, Pittsfield
presented by LEV, Berkshire County NAACP Branch

This family-friendly event is the oldest African American celebration in the Berkshires. Beginning 45 years ago, this free, fun-filled community event for all ages celebrates the rich cultural traditions and deep roots of the African American community in Berkshire County – with games and activities for children, musical performances, dance, and other forms of entertainment, as well as food, vendors and informational booths, and a free children’s raffle.

Lift Ev’ry Voice Film Festival – Xica da Silva

July 28, 2P
Lift Ev’ry Voice Film Festival at the Berkshire Museum – Xica da Silva  lev4

at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St, Pittsfield
presented by LEV, Berkshire Museum, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at BCC

Free. Donations accepted.

This is the second of four film screenings and talkbacks with historian and filmmaker, Don Quinn Kelley, Ph.D., Co-chair, Lift Ev’ry Voice. Xica da Silva is a fictional account of the rise and fall of Xica da Silva of Brazil. The uncommonly sexy, clever and ambitious slave Xica Da Silva won her independence and much more in mid-19th-century Brazil by using her feminine wiles and her love making prowess to induce the Portuguese town governor to grant her freedom. In so doing, she became a legend and an inspiration to Brazil’s large population of slaves and (eventually) ex-slaves. This film tells her story. (1976, 107 min.)

Lift Ev’ry Voice Film Festival

Tuesday, July 14, 2pm
Quilombo – Screening & Discussion

Tuesday, July 28, 2pm
Xica da Silva – Screening & Discussion

Tuesday, August 4, 2pm
Gone are the Days! – Screening & Discussion

August 11, 2pm
One Potato, Two Potato – Screening & Discussion

Lift Ev’ry Voice Film Festival – Gone are the Days!

August 4, 2P
Lift Ev’ry Voice Film Festival at the Berkshire Museum – Gone are the Days!  lev4

at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St, Pittsfield
presented by LEV, Berkshire Museum, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at BCC

Free. Donations accepted.

This is the third of four film screenings and talkbacks with historian and filmmaker, Don Quinn Kelley, Ph.D., Co-chair, Lift Ev’ry Voice. This is the film version of Ossie Davis’ play, Purlie Victorious, which became the hit Broadway musical, Purlie. A young, idealistic man returns home to the plantation where he grew up in servitude. With him, he brings his fiance, Lutiebelle, in hopes of convincing the plantation owner that she is really his cousin in order to secure the family inheritance. To aid in the comic complications that follow are his family members Missy and Gitlow, and the plantation owners endearing (but ineffectual) son Charlie. (1963, 99 min.)

Lift Ev’ry Voice Film Festival

Tuesday, July 14, 2pm
Quilombo – Screening & Discussion

Tuesday, July 28, 2pm
Xica da Silva – Screening & Discussion

Tuesday, August 4, 2pm
Gone are the Days! – Screening & Discussion

August 11, 2pm
One Potato, Two Potato – Screening & Discussion

Faith and Freedom, An Ecumenical Celebration

August 2 – August 9
Faith and Freedom, An Ecumenical Celebration  lev4

Across Berkshire County
presented by LEV, partners tba

To celebrate 150 years of all people in the United States being free, Lift Ev’ry Voice is asking people of all faiths to sponsor sermons, lectures, programs, concerts and other activities that talk about the role of faith in advancing both personal and societal freedom. Activities submitted will be posted on our website at liftevryvoice.com.

Making Peace Today

August 5, time tba
Making Peace Today  lev4

South County, tba
presented by LEV, partners tba

Lift Ev’ry Voice recognizes that Peace and Life are values that transcend differences across cultures and nationalities. 192,020 is the estimate of how many people died with the first nuclear bombing of Hiroshima on August 5, 1945. On the anniversary of that event, the Festival hosts an event bringing together people from across the Berkshires, to talk about Making Peace Today, both here in the United States and across the world. Program and participants still being determined.