AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – About 125 people sat down to a simple meal of soup, salad and bread for a benefit dinner and concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Day in Amherst Monday night.
Amherst College hosted an event entitled, “Supper, Story and Song.” The purpose was to honor Dr. King’s values through music and a discussion of poverty, oppression, social injustice and diversity inclusion. The money raised will support the Amherst Survival Center.
“That’s really our goal; that it’s both educational, celebratory, and also raise support for the survival center,” said organizer and Amherst College Director of Religious Life, Paul Sorrentino. Monday night’s function raised more than $2,000 for the Amherst Survival Center.
Among the featured performers was Pioneer Valley resident Evelyn Harris, formerly of internationally acclaimed women’s a capella group, “Sweet Honey and the Rock.” Amherst College a capella groups, the Zumbyes and Bluestockings also performed.
Patrons paid $20 -$25 for tickets to the dinner. Once the dinner was over, students and other interested parties were invited in at no charge for the performances and the discussions.