This year, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Colleges have planned a series of events that will be highlighted by a talk by political activist and author Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle. In addition, the HWS community will take part in the MLK Day parade in Geneva, sponsor a Day of Service that will send 100 students to volunteer in the greater-Geneva community, offer leadership training for HWS, Finger Lakes Community College and Geneva High School students, and more.
McMickle currently serves as president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y., where he also serves as professor of church leadership and director of the Program of Black Church Studies. His talk, “Martin Luther King Jr. and the Tri-Partite System of Oppression: A 21st Century Assessment,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Geneva Room, as part of the President’s Forum Speaker Series.
Prior to joining Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in 2011, McMickle served for 14 years as the senior pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Under his guidance, the church established a ministry for people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, the first of its kind in the country. He also oversaw ministries in the areas of job training, hunger, addiction and financial assistance, as well as a tithing program in which the congregation annually tithed out 10 percent of its income to the community.
The author of 14 books and dozens of articles that regularly appear in professional journals and magazines, his writings also appear in Feasting on the Word and Preaching God’s Transforming Justice. He has served as a visiting professor of preaching at Yale University Divinity School.
In 2008, National Public Radio included McMickle among “Democratic delegates to watch” in a special series. That story is available online. [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93816573]
As part of the Colleges’ celebration of the life and work of King, the HWS community participated in the MLK Jr. Community March in Geneva on Monday, Jan. 21. The march began at the Public Safety Building at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program at the United Methodist Church with featured speaker Bishop John S. Dixon, pastor of St. Paul’s Full Gospel Church.
In conjunction with the MLK Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 26, HWS students conducted outreach to U.S. troops overseas through a program coordinated through the American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes. The volunteers wrote thank you letters to members of the U.S. Army platoon that recently deployed from Fort Drum to Afghanistan. In addition, 100 students worked alongside area non-profit agencies and churches in various community service projects.
Now in its second year, students from HWS, Geneva High School and members of the Finger Lakes Community College’s Leadership Corps Club took part in the 2013 Leadership Institute from Saturday, Jan. 19 through Monday, Jan. 21. During the workshop, community partner panelists highlighted the collaborative interfaith efforts that address immediate food insecurity challenges in the Geneva community. Attendees read “Tough Minds and Tender Hearts: Building Martin Luther King’s ‘Beloved Community’ Through Service-Learning” prior to the workshop. The reflection journal co-authored by Vincent and Janet Kavaloski served as an important guide to the discussion which focused on King’s spiritual roots, his passion to social justice, and the role that service-learning can play in addressing immediate and pervasive community challenges.
In addition on Thursday, Jan. 24, a birthday cake in honor of King’s birthday was cut at the Scandling Campus Center at 6 p.m. Also on Thursday, Youdlyn Moreau ’13 broadcast the Lynda Starr Show live in the Scandling Campus Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on WHWS 105.7FM. The show was heard via the web, at whws.fm. Moreau played music honoring King and interviewed students and faculty. She discussed topics such as Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and raised awareness on campus about racism, gender equality and the LGBT community.