Former Congressman Alton Waldon Jr. to give keynote address as part of a series of events sponsored by Hobart and William Smith honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
(Jan. 14, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–The Honorable Judge Alton Waldon Jr., a former U.S. Congressman and State Senator and Assemblyman, will give a talk titled “Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream: Can We Keep It Alive?” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Sanford Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Waldon has served as a Judge of the Court of Claims of the State of New York since January 2000. He has an extensive background in public service. He was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1982. In 1986 he was the first African-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the history of Queens County. Waldon then served as Commissioner of the New York State Commission of Investigation. He was elected to the State Senate in 1990.
Waldon holds degrees from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and New York Law School. He has been an attorney since 1975. Married for 41 years, he and his wife Barbara have three children, Alton, Dana and Ian, a 1990 Hobart graduate.
Other HWS events scheduled in tribute to Dr. King include:
At 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, the Colleges will present a viewing of Dr. King's “I Have a Dream” speech with commentary by the Rev. Lesley Adams, chaplain, Professors Charlie Temple and Mary Salibrici, and Kevin Michael Days, executive director, New York Campus Compact. The event will be held in the Geneva Room.
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Colleges will sponsor an “Everyone Can Serve” event where community members will perform a drop-in community service project. Participants will decorate totes, which will be filled with books and given to Geneva General for children with extended stays.