Local Author to Host Brown Bag On Civil Rights as Part of Valley Gives Day Festivities

Local Author to Host Brown Bag On Civil Rights as Part of Valley Gives Day Festivities

Brimfield, MA – Easthampton, Massachusetts author and story teller, Bob Reiser will be giving a talk on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s at 12:30 on December 10th at the Hitchcock Free Academy in Brimfield. The talk, entitled Everybody Says Freedom, is one of many free activities planned at the Hitchcock as part of their participation in the Valley Gives Day fundraiser.

"Some years back, a wrong turn, a hand drawn sign and the sound of a hundred voices laughing pulled me into the heart of America's Civil Rights Movement - A wild and boisterous place where music, laughter and the extraordinary courage of young people, old people, teachers, preachers, and everyday working people transformed our nation and ended segregation," said Bob Reiser. Sometimes it seems like the clock keeps trying to go backward. But, like these stories show - the clock never goes back for long!"

Bob is the author of six books for adults and children, and has worked with Pete Seeger and jazz drummer, Panama Francis. His works for children include PJ, published by Houghton Mifflin and David Got his Drum, published by Marshall Cavendish Books. His adult books include Carry it On and Everybody Says Freedom, written with Pete Seeger.

The Hitchcock Free Academy in Brimfield has put together a day of free activities beginning at 9 a.m. with Preschool Movement, and ending with Try-It-Out Improv with Erin Greene from 8 to 9 p.m., and lots of activities for all ages in between, as a way to say thank you to the community and to encourage donations to the organization during Valley Gives Day. Valley Gives Day, from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on December 10th, is a 24-hour giving day where 463 local nonprofits will collaborate to raise money and compete for prizes. Donations can be made at www.valleygivesday.org. Learn more about Bob Reiser at www.bobtales.com and learn more about all the activities at the Hitchcock Academy at www.hitchcockacademy.org.

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