Last Wednesday Apr. 4., we observed the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

With some holding the opinion that our current President (Trump) has reignited racial tensions in the U.S., lest we forget the civil rights movement was not that long ago.

This announcement from The Office of the Mayor:

Civil rights legend Rabbi Israel S. Dresner will speak at Pittsfield schools Tuesday, April 10. Dresner was the foremost rabbinic participant in the Civil Rights Movement struggle of the 1960s, and one of the three rabbis who were closest to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On two occasions, first in 1963 and 1966, Dr. King spoke at Dresner’s congregation in Springfield, NJ.

Rabbi Dresner will first visit with 8th graders at Reid Middle School at 10 a.m. He will then participate in a panel discussion with Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud and Rev. Sheila Sholes- Ross, pastor of Pittsfield’s First Baptist Church, on the subject “The Impact of Women and Religion on the Civil Rights Movement” at Taconic High School at 1 p.m. Taconic student Mikayla Moss and Berkshire County NAACP President Dennis Powell will moderate the discussion.

Please note the assemblies are not open to the public, but will be recorded for a later community broadcast.

When: 10 a.m. (Reid Middle School) and 1 p.m. (Taconic High School) Tuesday, April 10.

Where: Reid Middle School is located 950 North St. and Taconic High School at 96 Valentine Road.

Contact: Shirley Edgerton, Cultural Competence Coach, Pittsfield Public Schools, 413-841-8770, sedgerton@pittsfield.net