Americorps to share civil rights stories

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, AmeriCorps with Appalachian Forest Heritage Area will be visiting the Randolph County Senior Center over several days in January to talk with its members about their experiences relating to civil rights.

As part of their leadership training, AmeriCorps volunteers are required to create a project in relation to the MLK holiday in January. The AmeriCorps with this project chose to partner with the Randolph County Senior Center to learn from the older community their thoughts or experiences on equal rights, and also then share those stories with the entire community.

Once collected, the stories will be shared with the community through print, radio, websites, and in person presentations. A video of the project will be shared during the community march and potluck on Jan. 20.

AmeriCorps will be at the Senior Center on Friday, and Jan. 8, 11 and 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk with the seniors and collect their stories.

For more information, contact Laura Ward at the Randolph County Senior Center at (304) 636-4747 or AFHA AmeriCorps at (304) 636-6182.

Appalachian Forest Heritage Area is a regional initiative to promote heritage tourism and education based on forest heritage. The AFHA AmeriCorps members work on a variety of community projects relating to heritage development, conservation, and historic preservation. For information see our website, AFHA AmeriCorps is funded in part by Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service, and by the Corporation for National and Community Service.