This year, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the HWS community presents “Shielding the Beloved Community: Dr. King and Mahatma Gandhi’s Shared Dream,” a series of events throughout the month of January.
The 2011 commemoration begins on Monday, Jan. 17, with a March and Memorial Service. The march is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. at the Public Safety Building located at 255 Exchange Street. Following the march, a worship service will be held at the Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Place, beginning at 11 a.m. The service with feature speaker Rabbi David L. Reiner, the new Rabbi of Temple Beth-El, as well as music performed by the Martin Luther King Memorial Choir. All are invited to a fellowship dinner immediately following the service.
On the evening of Thursday, Jan. 20, a birthday celebration will be held at 6 p.m. in Saga Dining Hall. During the celebration, there will be a live radio broadcast hosted by Lynda Starr (the radio personality of Youdlyn Moreau ’13) and cake will be served.
The commemoration will continue with a Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 22. Organized by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, students will meet at noon in the Vandervort Room before embarking on numerous volunteer opportunities throughout Geneva. In the past, students have volunteered their time and efforts to local churches, the Geneva Community Center, and the Geneva Theater Guild. A video has been created to honor the 25th anniversary of the Day of Service held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Those interested in participating should contact CCESL at email@example.com
Keynote speaker George Payne will join the Colleges at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the Sanford Room. Payne, who will speak on “Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Shielding the Beloved Community,” highlighting the importance of King’s anti-war speech, is a community activist and peace educator. A member of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the University of Rochester, Payne holds a B.A. in philosophy from St. John Fisher College and a M.A. in religion from Colgate Rochester Crozer School of Divinity. In 2009, he earned a M.T.S from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.
The 2011 commemoration of King will close with a workshop led by Kit Miller, director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. “Fearless Conflict: Tools for Life,” will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room. Through hands-on activities and role-playing scenarios, the workshop aims to train student leaders in peaceful conflict resolution.