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Colleges Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Geneva community will participate in a series of events centered on the theme of “Marching Together for a Change” that celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events will begin on Monday, Jan. 18, with the annual march through downtown Geneva followed by a memorial service featuring Cecilia Griffin Golden, executive director of education at Hillside Children’s Center in Rochester.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. March, open to all members of the Geneva and HWS communities, will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Public Safety Building at 255 Exchange St. Following the march, community members are invited to attend a worship service at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Church at 520 S. Main St., in which Golden will give her keynote address.

At Hillside, Golden oversees programs that provide care for youth and families with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, or life-circumstance challenges. Beginning her career as a Spanish teacher, she went on to serve as chief executive officer of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh; president and chief executive officer of Volunteers of America for the Chesapeake area; and assistant provost for Southern University and A & M College. She also has worked as a consultant for education projects for school districts in New York City, Washington, D.C., and the Urban League’s State of Pennsylvania Division. Golden holds a B.A. in Spanish education from SUNY Geneseo; M.A. in teaching English as a second language/bilingual education from SUNY Albany, and a Ph.D. in social foundations from SUNY Buffalo. 

In keeping with the theme of social justice and service, students will volunteer in the community as part of a special Day of Service in King’s honor. Following the memorial service, students will meet in the Vandervort Room at noon and disperse to sites throughout the community to complete projects ranging from serving lunch at Trinity Church to compiling kits to send to refugees in the Middle East. Students will reflect on the meaning of service and social justice as well as their service experiences, reconvening in the Vandervort Room at 2 p.m. for a group discussion and to watch a performance from Mosaic NY, a social justice theatre comapny on campus.

Later this month, scholar, feminist and anti-racism activist Peggy McIntosh will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 27 in the Vandervort Room at 7:30 p.m. Her lecture will focus on how recognizing one’s own privilege can contribute to a more inclusive environment for positive change.

Known for her scholarly work on male and white privilege, McIntosh is the founder of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) and a senior research scientist and former associate director at the Wellesley Centers for Women, which is a women- and gender-focused, social-change oriented institute dedicated to research and action. She is best known for her articles, “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies” and “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

More information on McIntosh and her two-day visit to campus can be found here.