Freedom Seder to Honor Mandela, Mark 1964 Civil Rights Act

2012 Freedom Seder participants

The Freedom Seder, a multicultural and interfaith celebration commemorating the civil rights movement and other modern liberation struggles, is being held Monday, April 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Campus Center.

This year’s program will be dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela and will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Through ritual, stories, poetry, and music, participants learn about others’ struggles and express their yearning for the liberation of all people. Although the program is based on the Exodus themes of the Jewish Passover Seder, the event is not a Passover Seder. People of all religious and cultural backgrounds are welcome.

After the formal program (which lasts about an hour), guests will enjoy an international buffet dinner and musical performance by Moonlight Davis and his band, who performed last year to rave reviews.

The event is free for UMass and Five College students, staff, faculty and their families. RSVP by April 2 to  (though organizers will try their best to accommodate last-minute requests).

This program is organized by students from the Black Student Union, Muslim Students Association, Hillel, Baha’i Club, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

More information at or 545-9642