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Go beyond the one-day holiday and honor the life and mission of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 24 at Trinity Episcopal School during its annual Freedom Fete. This year the celebration will feature a free community talk by Matt de la Peña, the bestselling author of Carmela Full of Wishes.
Haven’t heard of Freedom Fete? Here’s what you need to know.
What it’s about
Freedom Fete was started by Trinity Episcopal School in 2007 and celebrates the work of those who lead in the struggle toward social justice in our community and beyond. Inspired by the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom Fete speakers have included John Sharon, disability activist; Si Kahn, civil rights songwriter and musician; Mason Swimmer, co-founder of Drumstrong; Katie Cannon, first African-American woman to be ordained by the United Presbyterian Church; Franklin McCain, American civil rights activist and member of the Greensboro Four and others.
Who will be there
This year, New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Medal winner De la Peña will be the guest speaker. He will offer a free talk on Thursday, Jan. 24 about the important topic of immigration and families. This event is open to the public.
Why it’s important
Did you know 16 million people in America are living in what is called “mixed-status families,” where one or more family member has a different immigration status? De la Peña will offer his insight to the story of American immigration and the transformative role literature can play in equity and justice.
“Episcopal schools are populated by a rich variety of human being from increasingly diverse religious, cultural and economic backgrounds,” says Tom Franz, Head of School. “Freedom Fete and programs like it are an essential part of being an Episcopal school.”
This event will be Thursday, Jan. 24 from 7-9 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal School, 750 E. 9th Street. “As a private school with a public purpose, Trinity Episcopal School invites all of Charlotte to join us for this event,” adds Franz. “It is our hope that everyone concerned with or interested in justice, equity and the transformative power of literature attends.” RSVP here.
Enjoy an evening with an award-winning author and get a unique perspective on the topic of immigration when the Trinity Episcopal School hosts Freedom Fete on Jan. 24.
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