Gettysburg Battlefield: Thoughts On Telling The Whole Story

Dr. Scott Hancock, local activist, will speak on his experiences at Confederate protests , his motivation in speaking out and will provide a few examples of how a more complete story might be told on the battlefield.
Join us on Zoom on November 18, 2020, at 3 PM, for this informative session. Contact Nancy at nlilley@ywcagettysbur.org or call the Front Desk at 1 -717-334-9171 to register. Cost is $10. You can pay via check, made payable to YWCA and mailed to Nancy at 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325, or via credit card through the Front Desk.

The Zoom link and details will be sent to you as soon as payment is received.

Adams Unity Coalition/Adams County Human Relations Council

logoThe YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is a member of both the Adams Unity Coalition and the Adams County Human Relations Council.

Member organizations of the Adams Unity Coalition share an interest in building a community of respect for all peoples, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, or ability. The Coalition provides resource-sharing and networking opportunities for member organizations and facilitates collaboration among member organizations to support our individual and collective efforts to promote peace, justice, and unity for all.

The Adams Unity Coalition has organized several other community unity events in response to planned rallies by white supremacist groups over the past eight years. Not In Our Town, an Oakland, Calif.-based advocacy group, created a video documenting the coalition’s response to a 2010 rally.

The Adams County Human Relations Council strives to create a supportive climate in Adams County in which citizens will view each other with respect and will act to uphold an equitable society, based on freedom, dignity, and justice for all; and to work in specific areas to improve human relationships in this community, fostering full and equal opportunity for all, without reference to race, ethnic origin, religious identification, economic status, gender, age, or physical condition.

The Council’s goals are:

  • to increase among community residents an awareness, appreciation, and acceptance of the diversity of human beings among us;
  • to develop a community spirit and a cooperation that will allow people to live, to be included, and to be productive in this county in an atmosphere of positive acceptance, free of the mistrust and apprehension caused by bigotry and prejudice;
  • to foster equality of opportunity for all persons by assisting individuals and/or groups who need help to resolve human relations problems;
  • and to advocate for public policies and practices that provide freedom, dignity, and justice for all.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and DAY ON

The YWCA is a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, which plans Gettysburg’s annual event to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

We Shall Overcome – A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020      Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

Producer and Musical Director Damien Sneed’s career covers an incredible breadth of genres. He has conducted and collaborated major original works for Wynton Marsalis, regularly accompanies Jessye Norman, collaborated with Lawrence Brownlee, and has toured extensively with Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and the Clark Sisters.

This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin, to Wynton Marsalis; Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder; Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway; and traditional spirituals and music from “the Wiz”, Damien’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance.

Visit the Majestic Theater Box Office at 25 Carlisle Street or call 717-337-8200 to reserve your free ticket.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day On

The YWCA is also the host site for the United Way of Adams County’s annual DAY ON of service, held each January on King’s birthday. Call Erin Messinger at 717-334-5809 for more information on how you can get involved.