MLK Day Interfaith Service
Many of Milton Reflecting’s programs are conversation based, and Katie, along with a local team from Milton Reflecting, developed and provided the “Keynote Conversation” at a recent Interfaith Service celebrating Martin Luther King.
We were so inspired by the wonderful conversations generated at the MLK Day Interfaith Service!
Milton Reflecting was the “keynote activity,” at the service and along with our local team, we led over 200 people of various ages, races, classes, and ethnicities in short, story-based conversations about what bias, prejudice, diversity, justice, and civil rights means to them. Then, as a community, Milton spoke their “No Place for Hate” pledge. It was a great night, and so special to be able to take part in this annual event. Thank you!
"MILTON" Installation at the Library
Many folks joined us on Saturday, Nov 5th at the Milton Public Library to explore PearlDamour’s fantastic and fascinating MILTON installation, which was in the library gallery throughout the month of November. PearlDamour is the theater company that started Milton Reflecting as part of their national MILTON project– in which they get to know 5 towns named ‘Milton’ across the U.S. by talking to people about their lives and world views, and then bring a play based on their experiences back to each town.
Participants were able to view models of landmarks from different Miltons across the country, gaze at the sky above these towns, and listen to Miltonians talk about their day to day lives.
Missed the opening? View photos from the installation and our November Story Circle on our Facebook page.
Ron Bell joins MILTON REFLECTING as Lead Community Organizer
Ron Bell has just stepped on the project as lead Community Organizer, focusing on outreach, recruitment, special events, and community and public relations.
Come meet Ron at our official project launch at ¡Celebrate Milton!, Oct 2 from 12-4 at Pierce Middle School!
More about Ron:
Ron Bell is a longtime community organizer and voting rights advocate, who has received such honors as the UMass Boston’s Emerging Leaders Program “Leading the Way Award.” A Mission Hill native and longtime Milton resident, Ron is recognized as a model of collaborative leadership for his wide-ranging work to increase civic engagement and promote social change. His political work includes roles as Gov. Deval Patrick’s deputy campaign manager in 2006 and as Patrick’s senior advisor for community affairs. Bell is perhaps best known for his work with Dunk the Vote, which he founded in 1992. “I get the activism in me from my mom and relation with communities from my dad. Everyone loved them,” said Bell, who grew up in a home that included 8 brothers and sisters. His father worked two full-time jobs, as a welder and as a baker. His mom was a bus monitor and community activist as well as a foster parent.
Local Artist Sue Hoy is building a giant "MILTON REFLECTING" Mobile!
Sue's mobile will hang in the atrium of the Milton Public Library and serve as a visual "home base" for the project. Every time YOU participate in a Milton Reflecting program you can add something to the mobile. By the end of the year it will truly reflect the community's participation in the project. The mobile will be ready and hung by October 2-- come visit the library and take a look!
Sue invites you to join her in the building of mobile hoops all afternoon at ¡Celebrate Milton! on October 2. All ages welcome!