- Associated Press - Saturday, January 6, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - An organization founded in response to the renewed culture of hate speech and threats to minority groups is holding a free community concert this weekend.

The Four Freedoms Coalition is celebrating its anniversary Sunday at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Pittsfield.

James Lumsden, the concert’s organizer, tells The Berkshire Eagle the concert is an attempt to mimic the 1960’s culture of using music and performance arts as a means to keep the spirit of civic engagement alive.

The group was named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four freedoms mentioned during his 1941 State of the Union address - freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

Sunday’s concert will feature interfaith musicians, a youth step-team and spoken word artists.


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