The Martha’s Vineyard Diversity Coalition, in partnership with the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, will kick off its annual Truth & Joy Celebration on July 18th at 5 PM, with a one-hour concert featuring the fabulous voice of guest star: Theresa Thomason. Theresa is well known for her superb performances internationally and will bring us together with the feeling of “Joy” to celebrate our diversity.

Tickets are $40, and will benefit the MV Museum. Tickets may be purchased here.

Preceding the concert performance, we are pleased to present our MVDC Education Committee’s tribute to the Island’s Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal family, by presenting “Honoring the People of Noepe”, including an introduction to our Elder History Project, and a showing of the music video “CHANGE”.

Following the concert, on Saturday, July 20th from 12 Noon to 5 PM, we invite everyone to join us at the MVCMA Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs for our annual MVDC Cultural Diversity Fair & Celebration. Make it a picnic afternoon with lunch from a variety of food vendors, or stop in and enjoy the music of local Jamaican dee-jay D-DUB. Folks will also have the opportunity to browse our FREE cultural diversity fair to shop Island merchandise, appreciate local art and artisans, and visit tables with representatives from various Island organizations who are dedicated to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Donations to MVDC are welcomed at both events.

The MVDC’s mission remains to “lay the groundwork to eradicate racism.” Through our committees we focus on health disparities, criminal justice and education. With our community partners we are building a community that embraces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Our work includes workshops, consultations, and projects that promote understanding, collaboration, unity, trust, and respect for all people.

Visit the MV Diversity Coalition website for more information or to donate to our organization.