Ayanna Pressley Urges Islanders to Keep Up the Fight for Social Justice

Voting rights, the historical nature of entrenched racism and the healing powers of the Vineyard were all topics when the Congresswoman took the stage at the Tabernacle Friday.

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Equal Rights Cheered At Tabernacle Rally: Roy Wilkins Says Fight Was Started Late - Must Win Now

A near-capacity crowd turned out late Sunday afternoon at the Oak Bluffs Tabernacle to cheer an unprecedented event on the Vineyard - the first Freedom Fund rally to support equal rights for Negroes throughout the country. The sponsor of the affair was the Cape Cod branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The site was highly appropriate, for Oak Bluffs and, more specifically, the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association which operates the historic Tabernacle, have long epitomized the goals of equality that the NAACP actively promotes.

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Racial Justice Program Launches

A series of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs begins this month, sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative.

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Vineyard Walks the Walk to Commemorate Juneteenth
Maia Coleman

Hundreds gathered at Veterans Memorial Park in Vineyard Haven Friday to join a march for racial justice and equality, organized in honor of Juneteenth.

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Hundreds March in Oak Bluffs for Racial Justice and Equality
Will Sennott

Hundreds of peaceful demonstrators flooded downtown Oak Bluffs Sunday in a march against systemic racism and police brutality. The march began at Waban Park, continued along the waterfront to Nancy’s and headed up Circuit avenue, filling the streets with signs, chants and calls for change.

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High School Forum Continues Narrative on Racial Justice
Will Sennott

Nearly 100 people attended the racial justice forum Friday, a collaboration between the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School.

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With a Country on Edge, Peaceful Protesters Jam Five Corners for Student-Led Rally

Hundreds of Islanders gathered at Five Corners in Vineyard Haven Monday afternoon in a show of solidarity with demonstrations that have swept the nation this past week.

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Island Life and Early History of the NAACP: Two Women Share Threads of Reminiscence
W. C. Platt
In the 1920s and ’30s, black families could not buy property in Edgartown. And although Oak Bluffs was a gathering place for black professionals back to the 19th century, their children, home from college, were seldom able to work as clerks in local shops.
When the civil rights movement spread across America in the 1960s, the Vineyard was separate in many ways. The black community here was prosperous and thriving, the regional high school was integrated and race relations were cordial.
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Charlottesville Casts Shadow Over Debate
Chloe Reichel

A panel debate Sunday at the Union Chapel over how economic issues play into the social justice movement shifted quickly.

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One America: Vineyard Joins U.S. Dialogue On Race Issue
Yvonne Guzman

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha's Vineyard recently assembled for a Sunday worship service that was typical for the congregation. It began with brief community announcements, a hymn and the lighting of a chalice.

But when it was time for the sermon, something different happened. Instead of one minister taking time to talk about the Bible or God or even Martin Luther King Jr., as is the tradition on the second Sunday of the year, the Rev. Bruce Kennedy and two guest speakers each told stories about racial injustice and about "conversations" on race they have had during their lives. When they were done, other members of the congregation also spoke, taking turns voicing their own memories and feelings on the issue.

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